Hong Kong Education Bureau: Only New Teachers Who Have Passed the Basic Law Test Will Be Appointed

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Kevin wang  Translator: Ranting

On October 15, Hong Kong Secretary for Education Yeung Yun-hung said that he would require Hong Kong primary and secondary schools to hire only new teachers who have passed the Basic Law test, and did not rule out starting the assessment of new teachers about the Hong Kong National Security Law at the end of next year.

According to the Voice of Germany, Yeung Yun-hung said in an interview with Radio Television Hong Kong program, “the first step to do with government subsidies for primary and secondary schools, involving about 1,000 to 2,000 newly hired teachers each year, do not rule out the next step to extend to DSS schools, kindergarten teachers, the long term or will include more teachers. As for the teachers who have joined, because there has been training, for the time being, there is no need to take the Basic Law test”.

In fact, the requirement that the recruitment of new teachers for primary and secondary schools from the next school year be subject to the Basic Law assessment has been proposed in the Hong Kong government’s policy address, which is intended to be on par with the recruitment measures for civil servants.

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At present, the assessment of civil service entry includes the test of the Basic Law, but the Hong Kong government will also “upgrade” the entry test for civil service recruitment, and is expected to include the “Hong Kong National Security Law” in the assessment next year. Yeung Yun-hung said that the appointment of teachers “will refer to the recruitment of civil servants, does not rule out the end of next year to start the assessment of new teachers about the content of the Hong Kong National Security Law”.

Yeung Yun-hung also said the Education Department will also launch a teacher professional conduct guide for teachers.

Some scholars said recently by the impact of the passage of the National Security Law, Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union dissolved, many teachers choose to leave or emigrate, the new appointment policy may have a serious impact on teachers.

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