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Title: Achievement of Nepalese pupils in Hong Kong primary schools : barriers and education needs
Author: Yuen, Chun Ni Jennie
ISNI:       0000 0001 3576 2097
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2007
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People of Nepalese origin are a small ethnic group in Hong Kong. As Hong Kong citizens, they are entitled to equality of opportunity and right of access to public services including education. However, it is frequently reported that the Nepalese and other minority ethnic groups encounter many difficulties in their interaction with the local education system. This study is a two-case case study that investigates Nepalese pupils' learning in two aided primary schools, which includes their performance in relation to other pupils, their barriers to achievement, their education needs, and effective practices employed by the schools to support them. The method of investigation is through interviews of three groups of respondents: the headteachers/teachers, pupils, and parents. The interviews were conducted in the second half of the 2004-05 school year. It is discovered that the pupils' achievement is influenced by factors that range from the personal and family to values of the government as well as international politics. I attempted to trace the changes of the Government's minority ethnic policy in recent years, and the possible reasons behind them. It is also discovered that the Government defines equality of opportunity at the levels of equal treatment, equal access and participation, rather than at a higher level of 'equal share' or 'outcome'. Although language (Chinese) is commonly considered to be the pupils' major barrier to achievement, there are other major barriers that may include lack of family support and lack of an appropriate curriculum. A key issue identified is the lack of data to assess and monitor their achievement. Based on the findings, recommendations are made to the schools, the teacher training institutes and the Education and Manpower Bureau for the improvement of the quality of education for the minority ethnic pupils in Hong Kong.
Supervisor: Tikly, Leon Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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