A vibrant metropolis where East meets West. The junks in Aberdeen Harbour contrast dramatically with the luxurious harbour. In Nathan Road there are stores laden with high tech consumer goods and are at odds with the island of Lantau where Buddhist monks have eschewed all possessions. Hong Kong is full of energy and excitement.
Education in Hong Kong has a similar system to that of the United Kingdom, in particular the English education system of Hong Kong was modernised by the British in 1861. The system is often described as extremely competitive by global standards.
The mainstream education system in Hong Kong has often been described as "spoon-fed�. Cram schools in Hong Kong have also become a popular standard in parallel to regular education. A heavy emphasis is placed on the Ranking systems at an early age. Competition among students is fierce, since job and advanced-school placements are rigorously filtered by Rank results.
Many primary schools in Hong Kong offer half-day schooling, splitting by AM and PM to handle the demand. The two sessions are usually treated as separate school entities with two different Headmasters. To make up for the time of shortened half days, students are sometimes required to attend alternate Saturdays. Most primary schools are gradually moving to full school day systems as government policy aims to phase out half-day schooling over time as resource permits.
Primary education in Hong Kong covers a wide curriculum. The teaching medium in most of the local primary schools is Chinese with English as a second language. After the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, only a handful of primary schools and secondary schools are able to keep English as the medium of instruction under new government policies. Those schools are generally referred to as English as Medium of Instruction schools (EMI)
Secondary education in Hong Kong is largely based on the English schooling system. Students obtaining a satisfactory grade will be promoted to Form 6. The Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) then acts as the de facto university entrance examination akin to the UK's GCE A-levels. At this level streaming is even more rigidly specialized dividing into Mathematics/Engineering stream, Biology/Medical stream or Arts stream for example.
Prerequisites for university admissions include Grade "E" or better in the HKALE Chinese Language and Culture and Use of English subjects and 2 other A-level equivalent subjects.
Teaching Jobs in Hong Kong
We recruit teaching staff for a number of prestigious international schools in Hong Kong and are always keen to hear from qualified teachers of all subjects. English mother tongue.
We have vacancies throughout the year so if you are interested in a teaching position in Hong Kong please register HERE.
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