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LCQ18: Temporary teachers employed in government primary and secondary schools

     Following is a question by the Hon Cheung Man-kwong and a written reply by the Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen, in the Legislative Council today (November 26):


     Regarding the appointment of temporary teachers in government schools on short-term contracts, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the current number of temporary teachers in each school and its percentage in the total number of teachers in the school, together with a breakdown of the total number of such teachers by their grade and total years of service (including their appointments in different government schools);

(b) of the number of temporary teachers who were offered appointment on permanent terms in each of the past five years; and

(c) whether it will expeditiously offer appointment on permanent terms to temporary teachers in order to solve the current problem of different remuneration among teachers performing the same duties and possessing the same qualifications?



(a) The number of temporary teachers employed in government primary and secondary schools, together with other relevant information, are set out at Annex 1 and Annex 2 respectively.

(b) According to the Government's established recruitment policy, we will conduct recruitment exercise to appoint staff on civil service terms only when there are long-term vacancies of permanent posts.  As surpluses of teaching staff in both government primary and secondary schools have been anticipated in our projection of long-term staffing requirement, no open recruitment of teaching grade staff were conducted in the past five years.  All serving temporary teachers are appointed on monthly-paid short-term contract.  Those who are interested to apply for a post in the teaching grades in the Education Bureau are required to compete with other applicants in an open recruitment exercise when one is conducted.

(c) Given the decreasing number of school-age children in the coming years, we have no long-term vacancies of permanent posts in the teaching grades at present.  As such, we have no plans in hand to conduct an open recruitment exercise for permanent civil service posts in the teaching grades.

Ends/Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Issued at HKT 15:50


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