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Yang Runxiong: Arrange a Basic Law test for teachers at the end of this year or early next year and consider joining the National Security Law

2021-10-23T03:53:01.809Z

Starting from the next school year, the Education Bureau requires public sector schools to only hire new teachers who have passed the Basic Law test. The Secretary for Education, Yang Runxiong, said on a radio program today (23) that for the convenience of the school in April and May next year



Starting from the next school year, the Education Bureau requires public sector schools to only hire new teachers who have passed the Basic Law test.

The Secretary for Education, Yang Runxiong, stated on a radio program today (23) that in order to facilitate schools to hire new teachers in April and May next year, one or two Basic Law tests will be arranged at the end of this year or early next year, and that the National Security Law will be considered in the future. .


Yang Runxiong also pointed out that the issue of whether teachers need to take an oath is being studied, and social workers, speech therapists, etc. will also reach out to students, and the government will consider the overall situation.


Yang Runxiong said that he is studying the issue of whether teachers need to take an oath, and social workers, speech therapists, etc. will also contact students, and the government will consider the overall situation. (Photo by Ma Weijie)

Yang Runxiong said on the commercial program "Political and Economic Saturday" that the government is considering whether people from different sectors need to swear an oath. In addition to teachers, there are social workers, speech therapists, etc., who will be exposed to students.

The government will consider the overall situation and announce the results in due course.

The Education Bureau requires that newly hired teachers in public schools must pass the Basic Law test. Yang Runxiong pointed out that schools generally hire teachers for the new school year in April or May. Therefore, the government will provide one or two Basic Law tests at the end of this year or early next year to facilitate job hunting or Transfer workers.

Consider adding the National Security Law to the testing scope in the future

Yang continued that adding the test as a recruitment requirement aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of Hong Kong’s constitutional status, the relationship between Hong Kong and the country, and the Basic Law.

Even if the teacher does not need to teach the Basic Law, because many subjects involve the Basic Law, students may also ask related questions, and the teacher should understand.

Yang said that if the incumbent teacher does not transfer to another school, there is no need to take an exam, but if he transfers to an establishment position, he must be assessed. In the future, he will consider adding the National Security Law to the test.

Starting from the next school year, the Education Bureau requires public sector schools to only hire new teachers who have passed the Basic Law test.

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The Education Bureau handled more than 260 complaints involving teachers in the past year

When asked about the update of the "Hong Kong Education Professional Code", Yang Runxiong said that in the past year or so, the Education Bureau has handled more than 260 cases involving complaints against teachers, of which 8 involved law enforcement agencies’ evidence collection and court judgments, and the rest have been Take care of it.

The Education Bureau hopes that in the "Code", teacher registration qualifications will be clearly stated, including some examples, so that the education sector and the public can better understand the government's requirements for teachers.

Teachers’ current licenses are permanently valid. He pointed out that some Members have suggested that they should be renewed regularly. There are also countries with non-permanent teacher licenses in foreign countries. The government will seriously consider whether to change it. I believe it will have no effect on most teachers.

Starting from January 1 next year, primary and secondary schools, including special schools, must display the national flag on every school day, and schools must also hold a national flag-raising ceremony once a week.

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Decrease in the number of students, teacher training places have been adjusted

Starting from January 1 next year, primary and secondary schools, including special schools, must display the national flag on every school day, and schools must also hold a national flag-raising ceremony once a week.

Yang Runxiong pointed out that there are still 7 subsidized schools that do not have flagpoles. Two of them should be able to complete the installation after the Chinese New Year. The remaining 5 schools need to use mobile flagpoles.

He said that the Education Bureau has arranged training to let teachers and principals understand the requirements for raising the flag, and hope that students can learn to respect the flag and the etiquette of raising the flag. Even if there are some slight mistakes or imperfections in the process, it is a learning process and acceptable.

In addition, Yang Runxiong pointed out that the number of school-age children is decreasing. The government will prioritize the interests of students and study what learning environment is the best for students. It does not plan to reduce the size of "small class teaching" to less than 25 students. class.

He pointed out that 80% of schools currently implement small-class teaching, and there should be 11 more schools implementing small-class teaching in the 2022/23 school year.

When asked whether the class-teacher ratio would be adjusted, he said that he did not want to use the specialist teaching strategy to deal with the problem of overstaffing. The government would assist teachers in finding new jobs and the number of teacher training places had been adjusted.

200 schools apply for full-time face-to-face instruction

He also pointed out that the current rate of teachers vaccinated against the new crown has exceeded 90%, and another 200 schools have applied for full-time face-to-face instruction. Three-quarters of the schools have applied for full-time classes for some levels, and the remaining one-quarter applied for full-time classes.

Yang Runxiong said that in order to facilitate the school to hire new teachers in April and May next year, one or two Basic Law tests will be arranged at the end of this year or early next year, and the National Security Law will be considered in the future.

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Yang Runxiong responded to reporters' questions after attending the radio program. He was asked whether teachers would be required to swear allegiance to the SAR. He said that it involves coordination of multiple departments and needs to be considered by the government as a whole. He has no detailed ideas for the time being.

In addition, teachers who are newly recruited or transferred to schools will be required to undergo a Basic Law test. Yang Runxiong mentioned that he will also refer to the results of the national security law test that civil servants will accept next year, and then make adjustments to the teacher's test.

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