On education reform
If there is one thing that would be unironically uncontroversial to individuals across the political spectrum – it'd almost certainly be the "fact" that Hong Kong's education system is in need of reform. The system has been panned as "out-of-sync", "anachronistic", "inhumane", and "counterproductive" by many – including academics, practitioners, policymakers who have themselves been embroiled in the decision-making processes.
Yet prior to critiquing and advancing suggestions as to how reforms could materialise, it is imperative that we bear in mind the institutional strengths and successful track record that our education system has enjoyed throughout the years. States ranging from Australia and the UK have always viewed Hong Kong's hyper-competitive, hyper-efficient education system as an exemplar to take a leaf or two from; many of the top talents we cultivate have gone on to become globally renowned scientists, theorists, investment bankers, and lawyers. ...