Journal of Basic Education


2000.第9卷第2期/第10卷第1期(Vol. 9 No. 2/Vol. 10 No. 1).pp. 77–89


An Analysis of the Development of Vernacular Primary School System of Hong Kong

鄧城鋒(Shing-Fung TANG)




Ever since Hong Kong became a British colony in 1841, westerners were not satisfied with the traditional vernacular school systems. From the 1840s, western missionaries and the Hong Kong Government had been trying very hard to revise the primary education system. Nevertheless, until the 1930s, many vernacular primary schools remain the same they were 100 years ago. Schools kept providing basic training of reading and writing only. While the number of years set for vernacular primary education was six, but pupils' schooling usually lasted for three to four years only. The aim of this article is thus to reveal the development of the vernacular primary school system in Hong Kong and explore the cause of the stagnancy. The article also inquires into the essence of the reformation of the primary education system in Hong Kong after World War II.