Education reforms and bureaucratic manipulation in post-colonial Hong Kong

Benson Wai Kwok Wong

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the context and features of bureaucracy during the colonial period from 1842 to 1997. It examines whether the bureaucracy under the administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has continued the colonial practices substantially, or made an adaption in face of the changing political and socio-economic contexts. The chapter discusses that the bureaucratic system founded by the British, with the aim to dominate the process and outcome of the public administration and public policy, has no fundamental changes after 1997, by deploying the education reforms introduced and enforced by the HKSAR government. During the colonial rule, except for an interval due to the Japanese occupation between 1941 and 1945, the British experience dominated the bureaucracy of Hong Kong, shaping the beliefs, forms and manifestations of policy formulation and implementation. In the Hong Kong context, teacher professionalism is deliberately defined to be technical and instrumental.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe changing policy-making process in greater China
Subtitle of host publicationCase research from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
EditorsBennis Wai Yip So, Yuang-kuang Kao
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Pages208-227
Number of pages20
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315884608
ISBN (Print)9780415711302, 9781138079328
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameComparative Development and Policy in Asia
PublisherRoutledge

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