Macau has surpassed Las Vegas as the world’s biggest casino capital. Many of the residents are earning almost three times the average salary as they were ten years ago, there is free education for all residents until high school and the government provides every citizen with about US$1,125 in free money every year. Money is everywhere in Macau.
There are many wealthy cities in the world but what impact does Macau’s booming gambling industry really have on the population?
As well as being the world’s gambling capital, Macau also has one of the highest rates of student repeats in the world. Are these two milestones connected?
|Filmmaker Penny Lam Kin Kuanwas born in Macau. He decided to study documentary filmmaking in London after realising the power of storytelling through film while he was doing a bachelor degree on journalism in Macau.Penny has directed and worked on documentaries commissioned by film festivals and broadcasters around the world. Since 2007, Penny has enjoyed a successful filmmaking nd photography career in Macau, where he is based.|
Almost one-third of students in Macau have repeated a school year at least once. In fact, such repeat years are very common in Macau, almost normal.
Due to various complex reasons, from Macau’s colonial background to its privatised schooling system, in-grade retention has been practiced for a long time in Macau. The repeat system was established to strengthen the city’s academic foundations.
But now, as Macau becomes the biggest gambling industry in the world, receiving an education has just become even more chaotic.