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Objection to Ms CHOI Yuk-lin
becoming Under Secretary for Education
It is widely reported that Ms CHOI Yuk-lin of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (HKFEW) will be appointed Under Secretary for Education. At this, I was shocked and about her appointment, I have strong reservations. Her performance (getting only 28.3% of the votes) in last year’s Legislative Council election clearly reflected her lack of popular support in the education sector. If she is indeed appointed Under Secretary for Education, such an appointment represents nothing but slapping voters hard across the face and will be hardly acceptable to the education sector.
In addition, Ms CHOI is one with a strong political background. As a Vice-Chairperson of HKFEW since 2008, Ms CHOI was fully supported by the Federation in last year’s Legislative Council election. Ms CHOI and HKFEW have, for quite a period of time, been staunchly escorting those Government policies of which the education sector is highly critical, such as Primary 3 TSA and brain-washing-type national education and they do not have the slightest intention of protecting university autonomy and academic freedom. If the report is true, the general public will inevitably query whether this is political intervention and whether this is to serve a political purpose. If the education sector has a deep distrust of her, it will be very difficult for her to implement education policies.
The said appointment immediately provoked shock and dissatisfaction in the education sector and teachers launched an online signature campaign to voice objection to it (https://goo.gl/pYac7r). Within the short space of just a few days, there have been thousands of people joining the signature campaign. We would, therefore, urge Chief Executive-elect, Mrs Carrie LAM, not to appoint a controversial and inappropriate figure as Under Secretary for Education, so as to allow the education ecology to return to normal.
I would call on fellow workers to keep a close watch on further developments of the issue and to express your opinions, which can be emailed to [email protected].
Representative of Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union
in Legislative Council,
Hon IP Kin-yuen
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