A recent survey conducted by Brookfield Global Relocation Services has identified Hong Kong as the least accommodating location in terms of English education and schooling
London, UK (Pryce Warner International) March 28th, 2012 - It is now feared that Hong Kong could fall behind other up-and-coming Expat destinations that offer brighter options to English speaking Expat families.
Despite an increase of almost 50% in the numbers of China-bound Expat employees between 2009 and 2011, the knock-on effect of these findings could prove disastrous for the heavyweight Chinese region where business, commerce and Expat employees have always thrived.
By 2013 the Chinese government has promised the availability of just 5000 extra places to deal with the 100-strong waiting list of each of Hong Kong’s English speaking schools. A shortage of funding and locations combined with too much bureaucracy has led to a situation that has spurred a 76% increase in year-one school applications alone.
Relocation expert Bushra Siddiqui commented: "In the last year or so we've seen a slightly increasing trend of families just refusing to come, purely because they can't get schooling, a greater concern than sky-high rents or pollution. That obviously means that companies go from their first pick for a position to their second or third, so they're not getting the talent they want."
By Anthony Standring
Pryce Warner International Group
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