Mother-Tongue Teaching A Flop

A news report reminds me of my previous post titled “English Skills in China and Hong Kong” dated September 2, 2007. The part that is relevant to Hong Kong is repeated below:- “Ever since the implementation of Tung Chee-Hwa’s ill-advised policy of teaching in the mother-tongue, the standard of English among secondary school and university students went from bad to worse. In recent years, there have been abundant reports that multinational firms are constantly complaining about the acute shortage of local staff with reasonably good English skills, both written and spoken. These go some way to show that that policy has done more harm than good.

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