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Implement its Education Platform Soonest Possible
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.
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] .
Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
in Legislative Council,
Hon IP Kin-yuen
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