The vernacular normal school for men (1920-1940): An important cradle of teachers in early twentieth-century Hong Kong

Jun FANG

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Abstract

The Vernacular Normal School for Men (VNSM) was established in September 1920 by the Hong Kong Government under the governorship of Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs (1919-1925) to solve the problem of shortage of qualified schoolteachers. Together with the Vernacular Normal School for Women (VNSW, 1920-1941) which was opened in the same year, the two teacher training institutes supplied the majority of the qualified Chinese teachers in Hong Kong during the ensuing two decades. This paper, using documentary sources and information obtained from interviewing some graduates of the Vernacular Normal School for Men, discusses the background to the establishment of the School, its staff, students and curriculum, and the closure of the School, as well as its contribution to the progress of Hong Kong’s basic education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2002

Citation

Fang, J. (2002, May). The vernacular normal school for men (1920-1940): An important cradle of teachers in early twentieth-century Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Symposium supported by the Council of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust: Learning from the Past, Informing the Future: Education Then, Now and Tomorrow, Hong Kong Baptist University, China.

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