Dss Intensifying Education Discrimination Essay

538 WordsDec 19, 20133 Pages
In the days bygone, tertiary education was exclusively offered to the privileged class. Yet, even after years of education reforms, discrimination in education has not yet vanished. According to the research conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the percentage of secondary school students from better-off families admitted to university in 2011 was 3.7 times of that of students from disadvantaged families (The HKSAR Government: June 5, 2013). To clarify, better-off families refer to households whose incomes are among the top 10% income earner whilst families with monthly incomes lowing than the media household income of $19100 are regarded as needy families (Census and Statistics Department, 2011). Compared to the figure of 1.2 times 20 years ago, the public and quite a number of legislators attribute the drastic rise to the increasing number of elite government-aided schools joining Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS). By September 2012, 21 publicly funded schools have successfully transformed into DSS Schools (The Hong Kong Information Service Department, 2013). DSS schools are in fact schools being granted maximum degree of freedom in the formulation of curriculum, entrance requirements and tuition fees while receiving government financial assistance. With a wealth of resources, students in DSS schools tend to attain better academic achievements than their peers in aided schools. Notwithstanding, underprivileged students are somehow prohibited from such ‘aristocratic’ schools when considered the costly tuition fee, which can be as high as 14 times of the tuition fee aided schools (China Daily, 2013). The adverse effects of the implementation of DSS on education equality would be investigated in the following essay. Considering the fact that up to 23% of the DSS school charge 20000 to 30000 dollars annually and 5% of them even collect a double of this figure

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