The Education System Of Hong Kong Essays

1448 Words Feb 19th, 2016 6 Pages
I was born and grow up in Hong Kong, which is a prosperous and fast-paced city. I live there for about 21 years and study in the local schools in Hong Kong. The education system in Hong Kong is quite different from the America’s one. When I was about 6 years old, I started to study in the elementary school for six years and go to a local high school afterwards. In Hong Kong, students do not have the right to choose what they want to study but the schools choose for them. For the older education system, students have their first public examination (HKCEE) in their fifth year in high school and have the second one, HKALE in their seventh year in high school. Each examination would eliminate the fail students and for those who can keep studying till the seventh year basically are the elites and have the qualification to get into the local university. This education system is very intense and many students committed suicide each year due to unable to withstand the academic pressure. Meanwhile, in order to enhance their academic competitiveness, many students take additional courses that have become a prevalent habit, and this trend in recent years has became more severe that students from elementary school start taking these courses after classes till high school graduate. Subsequently, the education system had a dramatic change in 2009 that the HKCEE and HKALE would be abolished, and students would have a public exam after they graduate in the sixth year from high school. I was…

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