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Hong Kong (English Language Students)

Volume 884: debated on Monday 13 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent the English language is being taught in evening classes in Hong Kong; to what extent the students are eventually employed in Hong Kong's commerce and industry; and what percentage of the students is Chinese.

There are approximately 38,500 adult students studying English part-time in evening classes under various auspices as follows:

Hong Kong University extra mural classes1,000
Education Department
Evening Institute6,000
Evening secondary schools1,500
Private Sector
Evening secondary schools10,000
Evening tutorial classes20,000
Details of the employment status of these 38,500 adult students are not available, but it is believed that the majority are employed in commercial or industrial activities during the day and are seeking to better their prospects by studying English in the evening. At least 99 per cent. of these adult evening students are Chinese.