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
Since 1978, Hong Kong government has been providing free compulsory education to all children to the relevant group age. However, there is a growing trend for some parents and students not choosing free education but the one provided in Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) Schools or private schools. The aim of this paper attempts to evaluate DSS from different perspectives and thus by comparing a DSS school (Diocesan Boys’ School) with a non-DSS school (La Salle College), a more realistic view on this scheme could be reviewed. In addition my own opinion will be clearly expressed and elaborated.
There are mainly four types of schools in Hong Kong, which are private schools, government schools, aided schools and DSS schools. Aided schools receive subsidy from government but are run by voluntary bodies, government operates government schools. They deliver a curriculum recommended by the Government and offer free primary and secondary education. Some of the private schools receive financial assistance from the Government. Private international schools provide an alternative to the mainstream education, in exchange for much higher tuition fees. Last but not least, DSS schools are run by various non-government organizations, they can charge school fee but are also subsidized by government. III.