HK English school shortage deterring expat families

Published:  16 Mar at 6 PM
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Tagged: Moving, China, Hong Kong
As reported by the Bangkok Post, a shortage in English-language schools in Hong Kong is deterring expat families and undermining the city's image as a regional business hub, say parents and lobby groups.

Many foreign business professionals moving to Hong Kong are now deciding to leave their children behind due to a shortfall in primary school options, say relocation firms and business community leaders. The situation is forcing some firms to seek out alternatives such as Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, they say.

International chambers of commerce are uniting to pressure Hong Kong to respond to the issue, but say their concerns are falling on deaf ears.

A recently arrived US businessman and father-of-two, who requested anonymity, said there existed no flexibility and no space for families with children. It is a big sacrifice on his family to arrive in Hong Kong, he said.

The father-of-two said that many companies have decided to move to other Asian cities where school accessibility is much easier. Hong Kong loses out, he added.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city has made it on Brookfield Global Relocation’s Top 20 List as one of the world’s most challenging destinations for 2011, with schools cited as the biggest issue.
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