Appointments to SCOLAR announced

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, today (June 28) 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, 2013.

     Professor Cheng is the Chair Professor of Education at the University of Hong Kong. As a renowned scholar, he has extensive experience in teacher education and education reform as well as a profound knowledge of local and overseas education systems.  

     Mr Ng said, "Professor Cheng is a reputable educationalist who is well-versed in education matters and educational research. The re-appointment of Professor Cheng will help sustain SCOLAR's efforts in its promotion of biliteracy and trilingualism in Hong Kong, thereby enhancing the proficiency of Hong Kong people to meet the ever changing needs of society."

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

     Mr Ng thanked the outgoing members, namely Professor Li Yu-ming, Dr Carrie Willis, Ms Mary Wong, Ms Blanche Tang Oi-lam, Dr Cheung Kwai-yeung and Dr Eden Woon Yi-teng for their sterling service and contributions to the work of SCOLAR.

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

     The membership list of SCOLAR with effect from July 1, 2013 is as follows:

Professor Cheng Kai-ming

Re-appointed Members
Professor Stephen Andrews
Mr Patrick Chan Kwok-wai
Professor Chan Shui-duen
Mrs Mimi Cunningham King Kong-sang
Ir Dr David Ho Chi-shing
Ms Jane Leung Chui-chun
Dr Anson Yang

Newly Appointed Members
Mr Tavier Lau Chi-kuen
Ms Gloria Leung Chi-kin
Mr Ma Ching-nam
Mr Raphael Tong Tai-wai
Mr Tsang Wing-keung

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 the Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals
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 on the use of the Language Fund.

Ends/Friday, June 28, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:55