Hundreds of Hong Kong schools report student withdrawals, with pandemic and instability cited as possible reasons

Sep 20, 2020 by

Some 97 per cent of schools surveyed report students withdrawing, with dozens saying more than 20 pupils had left.

  • Some 97 per cent of schools surveyed report students withdrawing, with dozens saying more than 20 pupils had left
  • Schools report departing students planned to further their studies either on the mainland or overseas
A high number of schools have reported students withdrawing in a new survey by a local teachers’ union. Photo: Dickson Lee
A high number of schools have reported students withdrawing in a new survey by a local teachers’ union. Photo: Dickson Lee

More than 95 per cent of some 230 Hong Kong schools polled have reported cases of students withdrawing over the past few months, with most furthering their studies in mainland China or overseas.

Last year’s social unrest and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic were cited as major reasons for the withdrawals, and 70 per cent of school heads worried more students would leave if the health crisis continued, according to the city’s second-largest teachers’ union, the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, which conducted the survey.

Classes at Hong Kong’s schools have been suspended for nearly half a year since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early February, only briefly resuming for one month before the summer break.

Source: Hundreds of Hong Kong schools report student withdrawals, with pandemic and instability cited as possible reasons | South China Morning Post

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