While many parents hope to send their children to elite schools, some students have opted to study in less competitive schools to restore their confidence to succeed.
Apple Daily cites the case of Leung Wan-ting, who is now a secondary six student at QualiEd College in Tiu Keng Leng.
Leung had landed in a top Band 1 school because of her outstanding academic results at a government primary school.
However, because of the intense competition at the top secondary school, her overall position dropped to No. 150 out of the 190 students.
She was ousted from the “elite class” and, as a result, suffered unfriendly treatment from teachers who, she said, considered students like her as “leftovers” with no chance of making it to a university.
Leung’s self-esteem plunged. Even her relationship with other members of the family suffered because, she said, they did not understand what she was going through.
But she wanted to pursue her education. And despite the objection of her family, Leung moved to QualiEd College.
Leung studied hard, and soon was able to gain the admiration of her teachers and schoolmates.
Regaining her confidence, she made quick progress, and was able to climb to third in form in secondary five.
She is now confident of securing a university place and would like to pursue a career in education.
Once she becomes a teacher, she said, she will stick to her belief that “no child should be left behind”.
Leung’s personal experience has inspired her mother, who now understands that academic results are only secondary to acquiring character and the right attitude to learning.
Mrs. Leung has shelved the idea of sending her younger daughter to a Band 1 secondary school.
QualiEd College headmaster Cheung Chi-man said the school aims to help students gain self-confidence and boost their interest in learning.
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