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Legislative Council Has Appropriated $3.6 Billion for Education
Not without apprehension, the new allocation of $3.6 billion for education has eventually been voted through by the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee. PTU and I are most grateful to fellow workers for their support and enthusiasm in expressing their views during this period, which enabled me to have a much better grasp of their thinking.
The success in having this allocation approved can be attributed to the efforts over the years, not only of PTU, but also of many other education organizations, school councils and the large number of fellow workers. The allocation brings benefits to many stakeholders in education, including teaching staff and students of kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and tertiary institutions. The urgency of this appropriation was indeed unprecedented. I understand that many schools have, in anticipation of the approval of the allocation, already got prepared and are well poised to start their internal mechanism to renew contracts with individual teachers.
Due to the urgency of the allocation, implementation details of a number of measures have, I understand, yet to be fine-tuned or perfected. For example, with the establishment of teachers increased by 0.1, what are the criteria with which schools could implement this increase? How would happen to the SENCO allowance and related services currently provided by the Community Care Fund under the new arrangement? And, would students of subsidiaries of the eight universities, like those enrolled in self-financing programmes, be eligible for the $30,000 subsidy? On these and many other questions, I as well as PTU will certainly continue to follow up.
Fellow workers are most welcome to let me have their 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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