Non-Chinese are enrolling their children in Cantonese and Putonghua-speaking schools

Nora Tong:

There are times when Hayley Goldberg wishes she knew Chinese and could offer more help to her daughter Ativa. A Primary Two pupil, Ativa attends a local school in Ma On Shan, where every subject apart from English is taught and assessed in Chinese.
“At the beginning there were six notices from the school every second day. I didn’t know what was going on,” says Goldberg, a South African who teaches at an international school. “I have to get everything translated by my students. It’s crazy that I can’t be a part of my child’s life.”