Hong Kong

Hong Kong

By Cecilia Law, 2020

Overview of the Hong Kong’s Education System

The Hong Kong education system features a non-compulsory three-year kindergarten, followed by a compulsory and free six-year primary education and three-year junior secondary education. Then, the non-compulsory and free three-year senior secondary education will lead students into the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), which is the major public examination, and then into the four-year undergraduate academic system. There are also tertiary institutions offering various Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees, other higher diplomas, and associate degree courses.

In the 2019/20 school year, there are 587 primary schools, 504 secondary day schools and 61 special schools in Hong Kong.

Summary of HK Education System:

In general, three types of comprehensive schools exist in Hong Kong:

Outside this system the schools are under the Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) and private international schools, which provides more flexibility and an alternative to the high-pressured mainstream education in exchange for much higher tuition fees, where Christian schools may provide more flexibility and allowance towards MKs family.

The Education Bureau Web site provides updated and comprehensive information.


Children whose parents are in ministry would fall into the category as non-JUPAS (Joint University Programmes Admissions System). The admissions would be done separately to individual universities.

A list of Institutes

Cultural Differences for Teachers to Know About

Challenges/Recommendations for MKs on Furlough

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