The PTU is a trade union, a professional body, and a social concern group. Over 90% of Hong Kong teachers, from kindergartens to universities, are members of this union,which protects teachers' rights and provides them with various welfare services.
As a professional body on education, the PTU strives for education quality through promotion of teachers' professionalism, and through advocacy of education policies which ensure that every child learns well and is cared for.
As a social concern group, the PTU often participates in various social actions for the dignity, the well-being and the democratic rights of the people in Hong Kong and China.
Structure of PTU
The highest authority of the PTU is the Annual General Meeting, which is attended by members¡¦ representatives, who are elected by teachers within every school, at a ratio of 1 representative to 15 members.
When the Annual General Meeting is not in session, a 39-member Executive Committee runs the day-to-day affairs of the union. A 19-member Senate monitors the Executive Committee's work. Both the Executive Committee and the Senate are directly elected by all members of the union in the form of one-person-one-vote. All votes are confidential.
At present, the President of the union is Mr. Fung Wai Wah, and the Chairman of the Senate is Mr. Pun Tin Chi.