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PTU’s Education Platform
taken on board by Chief Executive Candidates
The Chief Executive election will be held on 26 March, the outcome of which will affect Hong Kong’s destiny in the coming five years, or even ten years!
Half a year ago, together with six other democratic Legislative Councillors, I established ‘Professionals Guild’. Under the banner of ‘Democracy 300+’, we co-ordinated the Election Committee election and achieved unprecedented success: democrats securing more than 300 seats, which compelled Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying abandoning his wish to seek re-election. Subsequently, through several rounds of co-ordination, we have successfully nominated and entered John TSANG Chun-wah and WOO Kwok-hing in the CE election race.
PTU has simultaneously succeeded in winning all the 30 seats in the Education Subsector and ‘Academics in Support of Democracy’ – formed with our allies – has also grabbed all the 30 seats of the Higher Education Subsector. We have had individual meetings with the four CE candidates and reflected to them the aspirations of the education sector over the years. All candidates have now attached importance to our aspirations: their political platforms and commitments during meetings with us have substantially taken on board our proposals, including:
• stabilizing the education system
• significantly increasing spending on education
• improving teachers’ establishment
• incorporating contract teachers as regular teachers
• establishing a pay scale for kindergarten teachers
• shelving or abolishing TSA
• helping students in self-financing institutions to lessen their tuition fee burden
On the above proposals, all the candidates have come up with rather concrete policies. For example, for spending on education, they have announced specific targets: spending to be pegged at 4-5% of our GDP and recurrent expenditure on education to be immediately increased by $5 billion. We are quite satisfied with the platforms and propositions in their education policies. Our next step is to assess their overall performance and, in the light of the views expressed by PTU members, eventually decide how we should cast our votes.
Shelving Primary 3 TSA
One of the achievements we have definitely secured is that all the four candidates have, after carefully listening to PTU’s views and those of the community, indicated that they will shelve Primary 3 TSA. Whoever wins the CE election, Primary 3 TSA will become history starting from next year. Our efforts over the past six years have eventually secured a clear-cut result!
There remains, however, some unfinished business to settle: EDB’s insistence on the full resumption of Primary 3 TSA in May or June this year. Insisting on a measure which will not be continued serves no useful purpose other than torturing teachers, parents and students. We would call on EDB to, in line with public opinion, stop organizing this year’s Primary 3 TSA so as to avoid inflicting suffering on our teachers and students in the coming few months. We are in the process of establishing an ‘Alliance against Resumption of Primary 3 TSA’ and will soon take our case to Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung direct.
The problem of Primary 3 TSA stems from EDB abusing assessment data, resulting in a distortion of our normal curriculum and teaching, and the generation of unnecessary pressure for drilling. We would like to appeal to all school sponsoring bodies, school councils, principals and teachers to shed the shackles of TSA soonest possible so that our curriculum and teaching can return to normal. Let our primary 3 students of this year, of next year and of all subsequent years grow up healthily.
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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