OMG, look at Hong Kong now, the educational system is a shamble, and worst it starts at kindergarten. Then when everyone knows how important English is there came teaching in the mother tongue, does that mean if the students are not taught in the mother tongue they are not loyal to China? Bullshit! As I see it they should be taught hand in hand. Learning the mother tongue is easier but to learn a foreign language which is so popular like English needs to start early. There is no such thing as speaking fluently a foreign language means looking down on Chinese. All smart, intelligent young and old understand how important it is nowadays to speak fluent Putunghua. But kowning English or any extra language is such an important asset.
To sum up Hong Kong now has an inefficient, or more than that, a useless government; a failing educational system and an unhealthy society; so why should I live there, I'm glad I'm living overseas.