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Expat Schooling Problems in Hong Kong

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There is no shortage of expats that call Hong Kong home. This is to be expected given that Hong Kongs economy is flourishing and that the country is considered one of Asias international hubs (the other being Singapore). Expats are also comfortable in Hong Kong due to its international vibe and the fact that most of its citizens have no problem communicating in English, albeit the Chinese accent it is tainted with. Its educational system, residential areas, and social avenues are also at par with the finest that the world has to offer.

 

However, this does not mean that the entire scenario is hitch-free. Unfortunately there are schooling problems experienced by expats in Hong Kong. Truth be told, this is to be expected as despite the fact that the education here is world-class, sometimes the issue has to do with a child having to adjust to a completely academic and social culture. The educational system may be different than what they are used to back home. Additionally, they can encounter problems with the language of instruction if their first language isnt English or if their school requires that Mandarin is taught in a class or two. To remedy these, it might benefit a child to be provided with Hong Kong private tutors and to be briefed on what to expect in class so that they do not get overwhelmed or shocked.

 

In addition to all this competition for international schools is a major downside in Hong Kong and some expats unfortunately can't afford to pay the huge depentures and levies required to jump the waiting lists.

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