The ‘no loser’ principle in Hong Kong’s education reform: Does it apply to ethnic minority students?

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Abstract

An important feature of Hong Kong’s education reform over the past decade has been the articulation of the ‘no loser principle.’ It was meant to signal that all students are valuable and will benefit from both basic and senior secondary education. Yet barriers remain for the 2.9% of students under age 15 who can be classified as ethnic minorities. There is a declining participating rate as students move from primary to tertiary level, the medium of instruction remains alien to most of these students, and there are no curriculum provisions to meet their special needs. This paper will examine both the policy context in which provisions for ethnic minority students have been made in Hong Kong schools and also classroom practice that operationalises this policy on a daily basis. The purpose is to make an assessment of the extent to which the ‘no loser principle’ can be said to apply to ethnic minority students. Copyright © 2012 The Hong Kong Teachers’ Centre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
JournalHong Kong Teachers’ Centre Journal
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Citation

Kennedy, K. J. (2012). The ‘no loser’ principle in Hong Kong’s education reform: Does it apply to ethnic minority students? Hong Kong Teachers’ Centre Journal, 11, 1-23.

Keywords

  • Ethnic minorities
  • Non-Chinese speaking students
  • Chinese curriculum
  • Chinese as second language
  • Racial discrimination
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