Representatives from Hong Kong attended the contract signing ceremony of Pui Kiu College Xinyi School (Shenzhen Longhua) this February. Courtesy of Pui Kiu Colleage
Hong Kong's Pui Kiu College opened its Xinyi school in Long-hua District with 1,300 students enrolled from Shenzhen and Hong Kong at a ceremony yesterday.
Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Wang Weizhong, Shenzhen’s Party chief, and Tan Tieniu, deputy director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, attended the ceremony.
The school plans to have 108 classes, but it currently has opened only 37 classes, including 21 for Hong Kong students and six for mainland students, according to a report from Shenzhen TV. English is used as the medium of instruction and the school will also establish curriculum sharing, simultaneous teaching and mutual credit recognition mechanism with its Hong Kong campus.
“The school’s operation will offer more schooling options for children of Hong Kong residents in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and bring them closer to knowing about the development of the motherland,” said Lam.
Lam, on behalf of the HKSAR, expressed gratitude for the country’s care of young Hong Kong people, and said that the HKSAR will continue to encourage and support Hong Kong schools to integrate into the GBA’s development. The HKSAR has unveiled a slew of measures for Hong Kong youths to seize the opportunities of the country’s development.
During the opening ceremony, Wang said Shenzhen will work together with the HKSAR and all sectors of society in Shenzhen and Hong Kong to attract more youth from Hong Kong to study, work and live in Shenzhen, and promote extensive exchanges among young people in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.
Hong Kong Pui Kiu College is the first school in China that demonstrates integration of Shenzhen and Hong Kong education. It is also the first international school on the mainland that implements dual-track teaching systems of both Hong Kong and the mainland. Educators with Hong Kong teaching qualifications can teach at the Longhua campus.
The Longhua school, which took only six months to open, has attracted 8,000 Shenzhen and Hong Kong students to sign up and a record number of Hong Kong teachers to apply for jobs.