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2017.03.30

 

Urging the New Government to

Implement its Education Platform Soonest Possible

Dear Members,


In the recent Chief Executive election, I played two different roles.

First, as a member of the democratic ‘Professionals Guild’, I promoted the formation of ‘Democracy 300+’ and enhanced the proportion of democratic members in the Chief Executive Election Committee, successfully compelling Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying’s announcement last December that he would not seek re-election. This was an unprecedented success. Subsequently, ‘Democracy 300+’ nominated John TSANG Chun-wah and WOO Kwok-hing and successfully entered them in the election race. We then concentrated our votes on and voted for John TSANG Chun-wah. In the end, John TSANG Chun-wah did not, however, win the election even though he was the most popular candidate with our citizens. Notwithstanding this, the efforts we have made remain very valuable. I hope we can continue to be united.

Secondly, as a PTU member, I had, in the past few months, face-to-face discussions with the various CE candidates on education issues and organized a CE Candidates Forum for the education sector on 12 March. This was the only election forum in which all the three candidates appeared on the same stage before professionals.

As regards their education platforms, all the three CE candidates substantially took on board PTU’s views. This enabled their education platforms to respond to the aspirations of the education sector. For example, they were willing to pledge a significant increase in recurrent expenditure on education, adopt a policy which stabilizes education, improve teachers’ establishment, convert contract teachers into regular teachers, establish a pay scale for kindergarten teachers, abolish/shelve TSA/BCA, financially support students in self-financing institutions, and reduce pressure arising from tuition fees. These are our hard-won results.

John TSANG Chun-wah Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor WOO Kwok-hing
Investment in education to be increased to 4-5% of our GDP
to increase recurrent expenditure by no less than $5 billion
to immediately increase recurrent expenditure by $5 billion to be increased to 4.5% of our GDP
Kindergarten education to establish a pay scale for kindergarten teachers to establish a pay scale for kindergarten teachers to establish a pay scale for kindergarten teachers
TSA to abolish all TSAs to shelve Primary 3 TSA before a review is completed Primary 3 TSA should not be compulsorily enforced
SENCo to consider converting SENCOs into regular staff to consider converting SENCOs into regular staff to establish regular SENCO posts
Class-Teacher Ratios to discuss with the education sector on how to improve class-teacher ratios and come up with a practical scheme
to improve teachers’ establishment in primary and secondary schools to improve class-teacher ratios
Autonomy of universities to review whether the Chief Executive should be the Chancellor of universities has not yet replied to review and revise university ordinances so as to protect academic freedom
* GDP = Gross Domestic Product    TSA =Territory-wide System Assessment 
   SENCo = Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Looking ahead, we will continue to discuss with Chief Executive-elect Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, and hope that she will implement her education platform as soon as possible. On the new Government’s policy implementation, your views would be most appreciated. They can be emailed to
[email protected] .

Urging the New Government to Implement its Education Platform Soonest Possible
Cross-Party Legislative Councillors requesting meeting the authorities to discuss this year’s Primary 3 TSA Concern over problematic Brazilian frozen meat getting into the campus
Meeting Chief Secretary Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung to seek the abolition of Primary 3 TSA/BCA Snapshots Speeches

Cross-Party Legislative Councillors requesting meeting the authorities to discuss this year’s Primary 3 TSA


EDB intends to conduct Primary 3 TSA/BCA for all public primary schools in May/June this year but Chief Executive-elect Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor has already clearly expressed her wish to shelve Primary 3 TSA. Therefore, I urge Legislative Councillors, irrespective of the Parties to which they belong, to express their views on TSA/BCA at a joint press conference scheduled for 29 March.

In the past few months, LegCo’s Panel on Education passed three motions, urging the Government to shelve TSA/BCA or to allow schools and parents to freely choose whether or not for their children to take part in the assessment. We believe that the authorities should respect the views expressed by people’s representatives and change the plan of having a comprehensive resumption of TSA/BCA this year.

We have simultaneously issued a joint letter requesting a meeting with Chief Secretary Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung and Secretary for Education Eddie NG Hak-kim. We hope that the authorities will respond in concrete terms to the requests passed by the Legislative Council.

Concern over problematic Brazilian frozen meat getting into the campus

Concerned about the possibility of problematic Brazilian frozen meat entering the sales market and reaching the hands of lunch box suppliers and hence threatening our children’s health, I wrote to the Secretary for Food and Health on 22 March, urging the Government to, soonest possible, identify and publish a detailed list of importers and lunch box suppliers involved with problematic Brazilian frozen meat, and step up patrols so as to ensure safe consumption by our students. Fellow workers who have any views or enquiries are most welcome to contact me.

24 March 2017  House Committee meeting
IP Kin-yuen : Concern over problematic Brazilian frozen meat getting into the campus

Meeting Chief Secretary Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung to seek the abolition of Primary 3 TSA/BCA

On 15 March, 'Citizens’ Alliance for the Prevention of Youth Suicides and the Alliance of Various Sectors against the Resumption of Primary 3 TSA' had a meeting with Chief Secretary Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, urging the Government to convene a summit on the prevention of student suicides and to immediately abolish Primary 3 TSA.

Unfortunately, EDB officials went so far as to portray TSA as one of the pillars of our education system and insisted on the resumption of Primary 3 TSA/BCA. This argument has no basis either in theory or in practice. Over the years, I have not seen TSA being able to enhance students’ performance. On the contrary, it has generated serious side-effects.

Roundtable Meeting on professional conduct

On 4 March, I attended a roundtable meeting organized by PTU to discuss how the code of professional conduct should, without prejudice to the autonomy of the education profession, be revised to maintain professional standards.

The Alliance of Various Sectors against the Resumption of Primary 3 TSA established

The Alliance of Various Sectors against the Resumption of Primary 3 TSA, initiated by PTU and the Parents Union, was established on 5 March. We strongly ask the Government to immediately stop the Primary 3 TSA (or a new version of it) scheduled to start in May. The Alliance has the support of and participation by 146 student bodies, parent groups, educational organisations, social organisations, Legislative Councillors and District Councillors.

Teachers’ Development Day

On 13 March, I attended the Teachers’ Development Day of a primary school and had a good sharing with fellow workers on such topics as teaching experiences, classroom teaching, crisis management, TSA and small class teaching.

Guided tour to the Legislative Council

On 18 March, I conducted a guided tour in the Legislative Council for PTU members to have a good understanding of the history and the current situation of the Legislative Council.

13 March Panel on Education meeting
Consultation paper from the Council on Professional Conduct in Education on ‘Code for the Education Profession of Hong Kong cum Practical Guidelines’ and ‘Case Handling Procedures’

23 March Legislative Council meeting
Motion Debate: Ensuring the fair conduct of the Chief Executive Election

Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
in Legislative Council,
Hon IP Kin-yuen
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