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一分付出一分回報

提起英國「私校教育」,作為香港家長的你會立即聯想到甚麼?不少人即時想起…一年學費約三萬五千磅(接近四十萬港元),學生在氣勢磅礡宏偉的校園上學,並且只是富裕家庭的玩意。

 

學費高昂向來是海外升學給人的第一印象。話雖如此,每所學校都能為學生提供不同的教育和配套,比起純粹「貴」字,也有些相對較經濟化的選擇,例如不少學校全年學費約是二萬五千磅左右,是三萬多元的貴價學校以外的選擇。

 

想當年我讀書的時候學費大約只是現在的一半。無可否認,學費的通漲現已跑得快過林寶堅尼,自1990年到現在大約漲了三倍。在最近一個學年的學費調查中,亦顯示出海外升學的總費用徘徊在£285,000左右。而寄宿學校平均洗費則是約三萬磅。

 

看到這裏,作為家長的你或許會俾這種龐大數字嚇倒,不過,你可以放心,以現時港元的強勢來說,對應匯率搖擺不定的英磅來說也是有利。



然而,金錢不應該是你考慮海外升學的唯一因素。我們亦應從另一角度看看學校在這數十年間的發展。

 

過去十年,學校在發展校園和設施上都不遺餘力,將校舍設備的水準推得水漲船高。十五年前,學生哥們在體育館中表演戲劇,轉眼間,今天的學生已在West End(西區劇院)級的禮堂演戲。運動方面,有些學校甚至坐擁標準聯賽級球場。而隨著時代進步,宿舍環境亦大有改善,今天甚至可以用「豪華」二字去形容。想當年冬天沖凍水涼、面向著發霉牆身而睡的「光景」不復再。

 

因此,儘管不少家長仍覺得英國升學學費高昂,實際上是物有所值。說到底,能遠赴外國升學也是幸運的事,學生都應該抱著感恩的心,尤其是家庭環境較差,仍堅持將子女送去外國的,這機會應當珍惜。

 

當然,如上面所述,英國也不是只有像Harrow、Eton、Sevenoaks和Winchester College之類的貴學校。

 

例如,Haberdasher’s和Monmouth的寄宿費用就是大約二萬六磅,而Greshams預備校的學費相對上也比較經濟(每學期不超過八千磅)。

 

整體來說,教育是一項長遠投資,有風險亦有回報。自己家庭的經濟環境當然是重要因素,然而,教育的長線回報亦應是家長的考慮因素之一。學生在寄宿學校學到的soft skills、領導才能,以至英國當地獨有的運動等,都是香港學生在本地教育下未必能吸收到的。

 

在作出全面考慮之後,相信爸媽們就能有更明智的決定。

 

Samuel Chan是英識教育創辦人

英文虎報 2016年4月5日(二)

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=167903&story_id=46413323&d_str=20160405

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