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LCQ10: Teachers undertaking the duties of teacher-librarians

    Following is a question by Hon Cheung Man-kwong and a written reply by the Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen, in the Legislative Council today (February 27):


    Regarding teachers undertaking the duties of teacher-librarians, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) concerning primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong respectively, whether it knows-

(i) the number and percentage of teacher-librarians with a bachelor's degree or higher qualification, and how the percentage compares to the corresponding percentage of all teachers;

(ii) the number and percentage of teacher-librarians at Graduate Master/Mistress ("GM") ranks, and how the percentage compares to that of GMs among all teachers;

(iii) the number and percentage of teacher-librarians at Assistant Master/Mistress ("AM") rank, and how the percentage compares to that of AMs among all teachers;

(iv) the number of teachers who became teacher-librarians in the past five years and its percentage among all teacher-librarians;

(b) whether it had conducted in the past five years any survey or study on
teacher-librarians teaching subjects other than library lessons; if it did, of the results
of the survey or study; if not, whether it will do so; and

(c) whether it will review afresh the teaching duties of teacher-librarians in the hope
that they can promote reading and support teaching and learning in schools in a more
professional way?


Madam President,

(a) According to the statistics of the Education Bureau (EDB), there are 20,356 teachers and 534 teacher-librarians in primary schools; and 24,386 teachers and 408 teacher-librarians in secondary schools. The information of (i), (ii) and (iii) are tabulated as follows:

(i) With Bachelor degree or above qualifications
                  Primary    Secondary
    Teacher-      401        330
    librarians    (75%)      (81%)
    Teachers      16,212      22,877
                  (80%)      (94%)

(ii) Employed at Graduate Master (GM) rank
                  Primary    Secondary
    Teacher-      85          79
    librarians    (16%)      (19%)
    Teachers      4,896      16,625
                  (24%)      (68%)

(iii) Employed at Assistant Master (AM) rank

                  Primary    Secondary
    Teacher-      34          76
    librarians    (6%)        (19%)
    Teachers      1,926      1,341
                  (9%)        (5%)

(iv) The EDB does not have the exact figures. However, according to the Code of Aid, all newly appointed teacher-librarians are required to study and complete a part-time day release training course or other professional training courses organised by the EDB. For reference, the statistics of the newly appointed teacher-librarians taking the EDB induction course for the previous five years are shown as follows:

School    No. of new      No. of        percentage
year      teacher-        teacher-
          librarians      librarians
2002/03        87            1,010            9%
2003/04        94            1,000            9%
2004/05        85            1,039            8%
2005/06        91            992              9%
2006/07        64            942              7%

(b) The EDB conducts a survey on teacher-librarians annually. The figures of the 2006/07 school year are shown as follows:

No. of lessons       
both library        Primary    Secondary    Total
and non-library
0                      4%          20%        11%
1~5                    3%          15%        8%
6~10                  10%          27%        17%
11~15                26%          19%        23%
16~20                20%          13%        17%
21~25                21%          5%        14%
26~30                11%          1%        7%
31 or above            5%          0%        3%
Total                100%        100%      100%

Remark: The survey result of the 2007/08 school year will be announced later this year.  Figures on library lessons and non-library lessons will be distinguished.

(c) We have always paid attention to the professional work of teacher-librarians. We have, through curriculum visits, seed projects, professional training activities and focus-group interviews, etc., promoted and evaluated the educational function of teacher-librarians and assisted them in promoting reading and supporting teaching and learning at schools in a more professional manner.

Ends/Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Issued at HKT 16:33


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