As a leading relocation management company that offers comprehensive global mobility services for clients worldwide, Crown was featured in AmCham biz.hk, a well known monthly journal for the American Chamber of Commerce members offering business news and special articles to the American and international business community in Hong Kong.
Shaila Gidwani, team leader, designation services - Hong Kong, was quoted as an expert on behalf of Crown on the limited amount of international schools available on both primary and secondary levels. The article, "A Holistic Approach to Alleviate Shortage of Int'l School Places" explains how the shortage makes it almost impossible to enroll a child immediately in an English-speaking learning environment. This issue is critical to the current and future relocations to Hong Kong of families with young, school-age children, particularly primary school level.
Shaila explained, "Most of our incoming families still prefer Hong Kong Island and to to a lesser extent Discovery Bay as a first option for schooling and housing. However, as our Availability Report of March 2012 shows, there is clearly a lack of available places in the primary sections. Incoming families stand very little chance of obtaining a school place on the sland as a first choice and often place their children in 'interim schools' whilst waiting for a spot in their favored school. We have seen in some cases of families getting split in a situation where an assignee often comes here first and leaves the spouse and children behind, until a place becomes available in a school in Hong Kong."