I am glad that someone actually tried to do a small research on this topic, though to be fair the population size is only about a thousand. But I guess if the population size were to increase the result would be worse…
Most HK students worry only about their studies at school, that is if they study at all. School work is stressful already that consumes most of they time. Anything outside of school is considered unproductive, and can be dealt with later. There isn’t much incentive to read news unless it’s for personal interest. The high competition in the job market also contributes to this phenomena.
Such is the HK education focus, they want their students to be mainly book-smart. Well, that approach has its own advantage as well as its downfall. However if that’s their focus, then they will need to make sure their students are indeed book-smart, or extremely book-smart instead. Otherwise, the trade-off wouldn’t be justifiable.
This is in fact a complex issue with long lasting impact, but most people just let the education department officers deal with it and worry about other things. That’s understandable, after all what can anybody do?
btw, I only got 2 correct out of the whole list of questions. Shame on me! ^^;