A RECENT survey has found that a fifth of grassroots families in Hong Kong do not own computers. Despite the Hong Kong government’s promotion of IT education, such as through the Internet Learning Support Programme scheme, grassroots students still cannot keep up.
The Alliance for Children Development Rights (ACDR, 關學聯) and Lingnan University conducted a survey from August to October, interviewing over 400 grassroots families with over 600 students. The survey found that about 20 percent of the families have no computer. For families with computers, at least half of the machines are over four years old, and 30 percent are second hand.
The ACDR pointed out that the government could improve the Internet Learning Support Programme by letting students in need to apply for a maximum of HK$4,000 every three years to help buy computers.
(This article is published on Goodies on 18 October 2017)