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Why are Hong Kong’s primary school kids still suffering so much?

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If the way Hong Kong treats women is any guide, then we can be sure it is pretty cruel to its children, too.

Once again, we have news about primary school children suffering from depression: about one in five this year, according to the latest survey conducted by the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service. Last year’s figure was 13.2 per cent, or one in seven – remember our outrage then? Survey after survey finds that our kids are not all right. They’re stressed, overworked, sleep-deprived and bullied; we do not need to dive into a discussion of why, do we? We have known why for years. Yet, here we are, with even more depressed children in our midst.

And we should know that kids from low-income families are under a lot more stress. Reports on Hong Kong’s underprivileged are just downright depressing. According to a survey released by the Society for Community Organisation late last month, nine out of 10 primary school children from families on welfare live in a state of deprivation. That’s more than 200,000 kids who can’t afford tutorial classes........

© South China Morning Post