(Another) Question of the Week: What is the Impact of Mother-Tongue Instruction in Hong Kong Schools?

Inspired by some of the comments that have been posted, I thought I would pose another Question of the Week: What is the impact of mother-tongue instruction on Hong Kong's overall competitiveness? Should Hong Kong shift back to favor English in schools?

What do you think?

Take a look at this article on the shortage of places at international schools and this summary of the controversy over the use of Cantonese in schools. You might also look at this overview of the issue in the "Hong Kong Stories" section of the website of the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre.