Appointments to SCOLAR announced

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen, today (June 24) announced the re-appointment of Professor Cheng Kai-ming as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) for two years with effect from July 1, 2011.

     Professor Cheng is the Chair Professor of Education at the University of Hong Kong, with extensive experience in teacher education and profound knowledge of the local and overseas education systems.  

     Mr Suen said, "Professor Cheng is a reputable educationalist who is well-versed with education matters, and is renowned in the area of educational research.  The re-appointment of Professor Cheng will help SCOLAR continue its promotion of biliteracy and trilingualism."

     Mr Suen also re-appointed six other serving members and appointed seven new members to SCOLAR for two years.

     Mr Suen thanked the outgoing members, namely, Ms Quince Chong, Dr Ho Hau-ching, Ms Desirae Ng Kit-chee, Mr So Wai-ming, Mr Raphael Tong Tai-wai, and Ms Wong Fung-yee for their invaluable contributions to the work of SCOLAR.

     "The Government will continue to work closely with SCOLAR in gauging the views of different sectors in the community to maintain quality language education," he said.

     The membership list of SCOLAR with effect from July 1, 2011 is as follows:

Professor Cheng Kai-ming

Re-appointed members
Professor Stephen Andrews
Professor Chan Shui-duen
Ms Jane Leung Chui-chun
Ms Amy Blanche Tang Oi-lam
Ms Mary Wong
Dr Anson Yang

Newly appointed members
Professor Li Yu-ming
Mr Patrick Chan Kwok-wai
Dr Cheung Kwai-yeung
Mrs Mimi Cunningham King Kong-sang
Dr David Ho Chi-shing
Dr Carrie Willis
Dr Eden Woon Yi-teng

Ex-officio members
Deputy Secretary for Education
Chairperson of Curriculum Development Council's Committee on Chinese Language Education
Chairperson of Curriculum Development Council's Committee on English Language Education
Chairperson of Curriculum Development Council's Committee on Early Childhood Education
Chairperson of Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications or representative
Secretary-General of Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority or representative

     SCOLAR was set up in 1996 to advise the Government on language education and of the use of the Language Fund.

Ends/Friday, June 24, 2011
Issued at HKT 15:06