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Saturday, December 21, 2019, 09:37
Two of 80 arrested teaching staff placed on suspension
By He Shusi
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 09:37 By He Shusi

The Education Bureau on Friday issued another letter to all Hong Kong schools calling for the suspension of teachers and teaching assistants arrested on felony charges.

Among some 80 teachers and teaching assistants arrested so far, two have already been suspended, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung told a news briefing on Friday.

The community has higher expectations for the words and deeds of teachers, both at school or on personal social media platforms. Teachers should bear the responsibility of educating the next generation 

Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, secretary for education 

The bureau said in a previous letter to the schools on Thursday that it will follow up on each case where a teacher’s professional ethics are in question, and will consider revoking the teacher’s certification on conviction of serious offenses.

Yeung said the bureau has taken more rigorous action against this “minor group” of educators as it seeks to better protect students. 

Such cases have raised serious doubts among the community over the conduct of teachers, and have humiliated the professional group, he said.

Yeung urged schools to immediately suspend teachers detained on serious criminal charges, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance. ­­­­

From mid-June to the end of November, the bureau had received 123 complaints about teachers’ professionalism, mostly concerning spreading hatred and making discriminatory speeches, or using inappropriate textbooks, Yeung said.

The bureau has dealt with 74 of them. One teacher has been suspended from duty, and the textbooks involved are no longer used by the school.

Thirteen other teachers have received letters of reprimand, warnings or advisories. Repeat offenders risk having their teachers’ registrations revoked, Yeung warned.

He said the community has higher expectations for the words and deeds of teachers, both at school or on personal social media platforms. Teachers should bear the responsibility of educating the next generation, Yeung stressed, reiterating that the bureau will seriously follow up on teachers involved in spreading hate speeches.

Saddened by the fact that almost 1,000 underaged students have been arrested for involvement in the social unrest since June, Yeung said it’s of vital importance to ensure the professionalism of teachers in order to keep students free from negative influence.

heshusi@chinadailyhk.com

 


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