Monday, September 28, 2015

Pinoy youths in HK seek peers’ help in difficult schoolwork —HK study

HONG KONG—Like young people anywhere in the world, Filipino youths in Hong Kong would rather seek their peers' help in difficult school assignments.

A study of HK-based "Section Juan" group conducted from April to July 2015, reveals that young Filipinos in Hong Kong ask their friends for help instead of looking for other learning support systems.

"Upon tabulating the results, it appears that many students would turn to their friends for help. [Assistance] from peers seemed to take precedence over other forms of learning support,” reads a part of the study result that was released this September.

The study of Section Juan—a pioneer support group for Filipino youths in the territory—was entitled, "Supporting Filipino Youth in Hong Kong: Towards Understanding Educational Issues and Developing Cultural Awareness."

Also, the study indicated that Filipinos in the territory have poor skills in the Chinese language, but are more fluent in the English language.

"In the order of reported competency, English ranked first, receiving a total of over 90 percent 'competence' and 'fluency.' This was followed by the Filipino language," the study said.

Over 60 percent of the students rated their proficiency as 'competent' and 'fluent'," it added.

Meanwhile, a good number of them said their Cantonese language skills are "poor" and just bordering on "Survival" levels.

For Putonghua, a sizable number (42 percent) of the students "rated their proficiency as 'poor'," the report indicated.

Despite their difficulty in the Chinese language, more than half of the Filipino youths there would still choose Hong Kong as their destination after secondary education.

Their next choice is the Philippines (with about 20 percent). The US and Canada, however, are the least chosen destinations for Filipino youths in HK.

Although the survey respondents gave their Chinese language teachers high marks, they have mixed views about the Hong Kong government's effort to consider their needs and cultural background in the education system.

Of the 106 survey answers collected, only 84 were included in the study with respondents with ages ranging 13 to 19. — LBG, GMA News 

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