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    Note quite Moving, even your buddy PDLM states

    Interesting statement on the EDB website here Under the existing policy, all parents must send their children (aged 6 – 15) who have the right of abode in Hong Kong to attend schools.


    which, by implication says that existing policy is more relaxed about children who don't have the right of abode (and are merely temporary residents).


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    That's why I linked the thread Mat - it had all the views - for and against - as well as all the links.


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    Yes, so we can;t say it's illegal (as a blank statement). at most we can say it's uncommon and the OP should contact the relevant authorities presto to have a clear answer.


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    The thread appeared to indicate it was illegal if you did not get permission. Thus we can all be right if we assume DeletedUser's friends are working with the EDB that they got permission. (I'm not going to argue with DeletedUser, he enjoys it too much).


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    OK, as the "education supervisor" of a bunch of school aged kids who do not attend EdB registered schools in Hong Kong (1 child is PR, the others not yet), what happens with our bunch is that I have to submit twice-yearly reports to the EdB with details of the kids & their parents, what syllabus(es) they are following, timetables, and reports on academic progress.
    There are teams assigned to follow up on "non-attendance" cases in all districts, and we fall in their remit. Occasionally our case officer might breeze by to check that we're doing what I say we are, or call a family in to show samples of the kids' work, but as we can Show Cause why these kids aren't in a regular school, the EdB doesn't hassle us unduly.

    We did have one older student (junior high) studying with an online school, but it turned out to be a right royal pain, as the school would not produce sufficiently detailed reports - or at the right times of year - for the EdB case officer. That student was then assigned by the EdB to an EMI aided school in our district.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chingleutsch:
    OK, as the "education supervisor" of a bunch of school aged kids who do not attend EdB registered schools in Hong Kong (1 child is PR, the others not yet).....
    Curiosity question : would you be able make some observations and generalisations about these kids?
    How many are there? What precentage European/NorthAmerican vs Asian etc
    Why are they doing this? Cant get a spot? Religious? Used to do it in Home country? Cant afford schooling?
    etc
    etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    Curiosity question : would you be able make some observations and generalisations about these kids?
    How many are there? What precentage European/NorthAmerican vs Asian etc
    Why are they doing this? Cant get a spot? Religious? Used to do it in Home country? Cant afford schooling?
    etc
    etc
    These children can be everything except local Chinese; their parents are long term (6 months or more/ in HK long enough to require ID cards) specialist volunteers with an NGO. As such, the EdB does not expect the families to cough up the moolah for a "normal" education here. The Board also considers it reasonable for the children to continue studying the syllabus to which they are accustomed, and which they will continue in after their parents' terms of service here. Just now I can count my long term students on the fingers of one hand, but numbers have ranged as high as 15 or so, with such wildly varying syllabuses as NSW, Zambian, British National, and assorted US ones including (shudder) ACE.

    And, much as I'm a champion of the use of Canto here in HK, because any Chinese these kids will continue learning on return to their home countries will be Mando, they all get that as an extra subject.

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    Thank you, I understand loud and clear that you think it is illegal. However, how can a program offer support in Hong Kong if it is illegal? I emailed the school for further accurate information.
    Thank you for the link to a support group, I will need it! I am going to school in the US to be a special needs teacher but will not be finished when we move in June so I am hoping this background will help me with my daughter in homeschooling if it comes to that. I will apply at DB international school once I have her visa stamp then it is fingers crossed. . As a mother her education is a major priority and I don't see another option for her if she does not get in.

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    it doesn't matter what the programme says...it matters what the HK gov't says.... you would have to prove to the gov't that you can support your child's learning. and even that doesn't guarantee approval. i tried to gain approval for my kids (i've been teaching in hk for 17 years).... but was turned down. they didn't even allow me the opportunity to present a curriculum! but then again, i'm now a permanent resident and my kids have right of abode, so that may make it more difficult for me than for you.

    as for db int'l... maybe you can apply BEFORE you get the visa?

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    Oh my I have more stress about this move then before lol. I really hope she gets in to the DB international school and I do not have to worry about this!


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