More than three-fourths of senior secondary school students in the city are interested in taking a gap year, a survey finds.
According to the survey by Youth I.D.E.A.S., a think tank founded by the Youth Research Centre of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), 75.7 percent of the respondents said they would consider participating in a gap-year program if it was implemented in secondary school, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Only 4.6 percent said they would not consider joining such a program, the survey showed.
The survey was conducted between June 19 and July 7, and based on interviews with 905 Form Four to Form Six students in the city.
The think tank also held a focus group discussion with 28 senior secondary school students for an in-depth understanding of their views on the gap year.
A gap year refers to a study break between the completion of secondary school studies and the start of tertiary studies, spanning three months to one year, which allows students to pursue their personal dreams or experience life.
The survey showed that the respondents believe a gap year can widen their horizons, boost their ability to be independent, and help them to find their goals in life.
Among those considering a gap year, 62.9 percent said their main reason for taking the break is to enrich their life experience.
For those not planning to take a gap year, their main reason is that they do not want to put their studies on hold.
Based on the survey results, Youth I.D.E.A.S. said, it is suggested that the government set up a pilot scheme that consists of implementing a model, giving guidance and offering financial and service support, as well as setting a quota for students interested in taking a gap year.
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