Public education establishment in the earliest colonial period of Hong Kong: a historical re-constructivist explanation

Steven Chung Fun Hung

Abstract


It was explained that education was not important in the earliest colonial period where the colony only contained small Hong Kong Island from 1841 to 1860. The disagreement of this conclusion was found and actually education was one of the major governmental concerns. Britain was starting that education should be funded by public money and the public education system was not yet well established at that time. The Hong Kong government laid special stress on educating Hong Kong pupils in order to facilitate governance, business and building community and citizenship of Hong Kong during this early colonial period. We can criticize the government which did not spend enough money for education, but it is observable that the education policy was initiated and adjusted to suit for the development of the community. The fact must be re-constructed historically.

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reconstructive, colony, education policy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/journal.v3i8.528

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