Date
26 September 2017
Fresh Fish Traders' School, a primary school in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, caters to children of mostly underprivileged families. Photo: CHSC
Fresh Fish Traders' School, a primary school in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, caters to children of mostly underprivileged families. Photo: CHSC

University professor enrols child in grassroots school

While many parents would deny themselves most of the luxuries in life to be able to send their children to the best schools, a university professor has opted to enrol his kids at Fresh Fish Traders’ School, a primary school in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, which caters to mostly underprivileged families.

The reason: He does not want his children to face too much academic pressure.

On Monday, the first of a five-day period for Primary One admission for September 2015, the school only received eight applications.

Principal Leung Kee-cheong was surprised that one of the applications came from a family whose father is a university professor and the mother is a director of a trading firm, Sky Post reported.

Leung said the professor was a straight-A student at the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and once studied under Nobel Prize-winning physicist Franklin Yang.

The professor told Leung that he was turned off by the arrogant attitude of staff at a famous school where he first tried to submit an admission form, and so he decided to enrol his child in a “common” school.

The father believes good academic grades do not guarantee a promising career, and many business owners were not top performers in school or were even dropouts.

He is very appreciative of the philosophy of Fresh Fish Traders’ School, which gives greater emphasis on caring for the welfare of children.

The professor finds the local education system ridiculous, saying it is more difficult to secure a kindergarten place than getting into a university.

Leung said an increasing number of middle-class families are realizing it is important for children to study in a pleasant environment where there is minimal stress.

Another parent surnamed Chu agreed that many of the city’s prestigious schools are highly conscious of the social standing of their students.

She said her son was once asked in an admission interview how many domestic helpers and cars do they have. She said she was baffled that children were being asked those questions.

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