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It is not realistic to make Putonghua compulsory for teachers and students in Hong Kong As Hong Kong has been a colony of British most people in Hong Kong are native English or Cantonese speakers They are not familiar to Putonghua In 1980s Putonghua was not a compulsory subject for students At that time Putonghua was not important at all In early 1990s Putonghua has been made compulsory for all students in order to prepare for the return of Hong Kong to China This policy has been adopted for about 10 years only Most of the teachers nowadays may not have enough knowledge in speaking Putonghua They dont really have the ability to teach in Putonghua Although they can have training courses its a bit too late Of course the Government may employ native Putonghua teachers from China then what is the use of most of the Hong Kong teachers They should be fired shouldnt they This is not a long term way Most Hong Kong students are native Cantonese speakers They have the privilege of learning in their native tongue With teaching them in their mother language they can understand and absorb knowledge easily They may find fun in learning and willing to go to school We shouldnt force them to learn in a strange language this will probably reduce their interest Although Putonghua is the most popular language of the world its just because China has the highest population its nothing to do with its importance As we all know that English is an international language it is much more important than Putonghua Nowadays China has been made to be internationalized by joining the World Trade Organization China people should learn better English in order to go with the world In fact every Hong Kong students learn English since they were 2 years old English is their second language They have the ability to communicate with the international I think
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