23 October 2016
A training camp advertises its summer student pilot program (inset) for young students. Photos: HKEJ,
A training camp advertises its summer student pilot program (inset) for young students. Photos: HKEJ,

Parents unimpressed with over-the-top summer camps

A Hong Kong study center is offering a summer student pilot training camp in partnership with a Canadian flying school.

The 15-day camp, which is open to students 14 years old and over, will be held in Vancouver and will cost HK$100,000 (US$12,900), Apple Daily reported Monday.

It’s being organized by Goldmax International Study Service Center with Canada-based Pacific Rim Aviation Academy.

Students who pass certain requirements will be issued a student pilot permit recognized by the Canada Federal Aviation Administration that can be used to enrol in advanced aviation training courses, the report said, citing Goldmax supervisor Lai Wing-man.

Meanwhile, EF Education First and Chelsea Soccer School Hong Kong are launching a football camp at the Chelsea FC training complex in Surrey, London.

All places in the program, open to 13 to 17-year-olds, have been taken, according to organizers.

Course manager Leung Ho-kwan said the students will undergo training accredited by Chelsea FC and interact with trainees from other countries.

The package, costing about HK$36,000, includes a tour of the Stamford Bridge Stadium, home of the British Premier League champions.

An education tour organized by World Green Organization to Cambridge University for parents and children is asking nearly HK$80,000.

Legislator Kenneth Chan, an associate political science professor in Hong Kong Baptist University and a father of five, said a summer education costing HK$100,000 is too expensive.

Chan is worried these pricey summer courses will become a status symbol for Hong Kong families.

Joseph Tung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, said the summer offerings could be sold out, judging from the response to similar courses during the Easter holiday.

Steve Huen, executive director of EGL Tours Co. Ltd., said sales of educational tours this year will match those of last year.

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