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Policy Address Policy
Teaching: a lifelong pleasure
（Calligraphy by Mr. Law Ching-bor, to whom we are most grateful）
With the Year of the Rooster approaching, may I wish every one of you good health and smooth sailing in your work.
Recently, the Chief Executive issued his Policy Address, the last one in his term of office. On it, what are your views? Earlier on, I issued ‘A Preview of Policies on Education 2017’, in which I made a number of suggestions to the Government on education policies. Unfortunately, the Chief Executive’s last Policy Address fails to respond to our aspirations and can only be described as: policy priorities misplaced; provision of education lacks vitality.
1. The strongest aspirations of the education sector are improving the establishment of teachers in secondary and primary schools and enhancing the employment opportunities of contract teachers. However, the Policy Address is evasive and non-committal.
2. The strongest aspiration of teachers and parents is to reject the comprehensive resumption of TSA. However, the Policy Address is completely silent on this.
3. All sectors of society are very concerned about the problem of students committing suicide. However, the Policy Address is almost completely devoid of any positive new measures.
Nevertheless, there are two new measures worthy of our recognition:
a. Converting into a regular programme the short-term pilot scheme of providing on-site pre-school rehabilitation services introduced at the end of 2015 for kindergarten children with special needs
b. Converting, with effect from the 2018 academic year, into a regular programme the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors implemented by self-financing institutions and enhancing the number of subsidized places, as well as providing a new round of Matching Grant Scheme for self-financing post-secondary institutions.
I sincerely welcome fellow workers’ opinions, which could be emailed to [email protected]
Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
in Legislative Council,
Hon IP Kin-yuen
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