The Policy of Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools in Hong Kong

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Critically examine the pros and cons of the Direct Subsidy Scheme in primary and secondary education in Hong Kong. Take two well-known schools as case examples (one D.S.S. and the other non-D.S.S.) to illustrate your answer.

Content I. Introduction II. Background III. Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) IV. Advantages of DSS 1. To schools 2. To society 3. To parents and students

V. Disadvantages of DSS 1. To schools 2. To society 3. To parents and students

VI. Case Study: D.S.S. – Diocesan Boys’ School VII. Case Study: Non-D.S.S. – La Salle College VIII. My Opinion IX. Reference

I. Introduction
Since 1978, Hong Kong government has been providing free compulsory education to all children to the
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It also allows a better allocation of resources after deducting the operational cost of the school.
Better allocation of resources
As many of the DSS schools were elite schools in Hong Kong, the higher flexibility in utilizing the resources uphold the quality of these schools and they are likely to reach an even higher standard.
Firstly, DSS schools have more resources to organize extra curriculums, such as exhibitions, academic competitions, concerts and exchange programmes. These activities allow students to have more practical experience rather than just learning theoretical knowledge from the books. Also, the participation in extra curriculum encourages students to develop in all aspects and train up more “all-rounded students”.
Secondly, more high quality teachers could be recruited with the higher salaries. Teachers with higher qualification have the capacity to look for higher income, so they are more likely to choose DSS schools. According to a research, nearly 90% of teachers in DSS schools are university graduates.

2. To society
Stimulate competitions between schools
DSS encourages market competition between schools, since certain school fee would be charged, DSS schools need to improve their facilities and teaching quality in order to recruit more students who are willing to pay higher school fees; Non-DSS schools also need to compete in attracting elite


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