2012．第27卷第1及2期（Vol. 27 Nos. 1 & 2）．pp. 27–49
Equitable Educational Provision for Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minority Students: Issues and Priorities
Miron K. BHOWMIK & Kerry J. KENNEDY
There is a growing body of literature highlighting issues concerning current educational provision for ethnic minority students in Hong Kong. The popular media is also featuring these issues. In addition, the Equal Opportunities Commission has formally notified the Education Bureau of its concerns about the education of ethnic minority students. This article reviews a range of issues and concerns that have been raised regarding educational provision for ethnic minority students in Hong Kong. It particularly raises the issue of “out of school” ethnic minority children in Hong Kong. To date, most of the existing literature has been on ethnic minority students who are already in the school. Yet a careful analysis of the reports and tables published from the 2006 census data suggests that a good number of ethnic minority children are probably not in school, including pre-primary, lower secondary, upper secondary and post-secondary age groups. Despite the fact that some legislation is in place to protect the educational rights of ethnic minority children in Hong Kong, they are nevertheless facing a number of issues and challenges inside school. In addition, the fact that ethnic minority children are “out of school” raises new issues about access and equity in Hong Kong’s education system.
Keywords: “out of school” children; ethnic minority students; equitable educational provision