Messages from Principal Chan
Enable every child to have a fair opportunity to learn
A fair opportunity for school education does not mean the fairness in the students’ academic results, but the fair opportunity to learn. The fair opportunity to learn does not solely mean the fairness to receive education, but the fair opportunity to improve and develop during the process of learning.
Enabling each student a right to school and receive a 12-year free education only provides the student a fair opportunity to receive education. However, if a student is receiving education at school but is unable to obtain from the school the necessary care and support for their learning and development, which results in the lack of improvement in the student’s intellectual, mental and physical abilities, this is not a fair opportunity to learn.
A fair opportunity to learn should not be deprived only because the student has substandard behaviors, abilities or academic results. Even more so, the student should not be abandoned by the school.
If the student has committed wrongdoings, he must certainly be responsible for his wrongdoings; if he does not do well in his studies, he should bear responsibility for that. However, no matter how big the responsibility, or how serious the consequence is, the student should never ever be abandoned by the school or disregarded by the teachers. Just like a child, even though how bad he is or how poor his ability is, his parents could scold or beat him, or use other methods to teach him; but in no circumstances should his parents turn a blind eye on him and allow him to get worse or even kick him out of his home. Parents should not run away from their parental responsibilities; likewise, a school should not run away from their responsibilities to provide fair education to their students.
The responsibility of a school is to help each student grow. If the student has poor academic results, then teach him and make him understand. If he has poor behaviors due to certain in-born learning problems, then help him out. Nowadays, the school takes the approaches that if the student has poor results, let it be, given that the student will eventually change or quit school after being demoted twice; if the student has poor behaviors, then kick him out of the school, so that it will not affect the school’s reputation and the impression of the parents; for those students having in-born learning problems, then turn a blind eye on him so long as he is not causing any trouble to the school.
The reason for the above is that, nowadays, most of the schools only focus on academic results and the school’s reputation in order to survive; all the resources are used to serve those students who are able to obtain good academic results or bring good reputation to the school. Those students with poor abilities might never be able to obtain good academic results, but they might still be able to improve on a continuous basis. Their inadequacies may be in-born, but their lack of development is influenced by other factors. The reason for their lack of development is that they are unable to receive adequate support from the school.
Students with strong abilities obtain adequate support from the school, whereas, those with poor abilities do not, this is unfairness in education at school. Students with poor abilities do not need to obtain the same academic results as the students with strong abilities, but they must be treated fairly and given a fair support.
For those students not getting fair support from the school, if their families have good economic conditions, the students can still get tutorials from other means, or even pursue their studies abroad. They have other choices in their path of development. However, for those poor and under-privileged children, they do not have a choice. Facing their learning difficulties, they have no one else to turn to!
Providing each student a fair opportunity to learn is supposed to be the responsibility of the school. However, if the school is unable to do so, other external parties may be able to provide some help. Providing each student a fair learning support is supposed to be the responsibility of the government. However, if the government has no intention to do so, the community may be able to provide some help.
This is the reason and the purpose of our providing free tutorials to the under-privileged children!
Please support us, join us, and work together with us in providing support to the under-privileged children, enabling them to have the right to obtain a fair opportunity to learn!