HKPTU News Reporter
The Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU)’s Tseung Kwan O service centre has been serving teachers, retired members and the community since 2012, providing all kinds of professional trainings, courses, and recreational activities. Yet, the HKPTU was informed by the owner Link REIT earlier that the government has requested to repossess the property on the ground floor in Yan Ming Court for other purposes. The HKPTU was given a three-month notice. As the current lease only expires in March 2022, the HKPTU deems such request abnormal. At the same time, the HKPTU deeply regrets not being able to continue our service and asks our members and the community for understanding.
Since the Tseung Kwan O service centre was put into service, it has been providing a wide variety of professional trainings, courses, and recreational activities, which are well recognised by our members. By developing this centre we attempted to extend our service from Mong Kok and Causeway Bay to members and community in the New Territories. During the 8 years of service, the centre performs well in terms of utilization rate and diversity of activities.
Before the HKPTU’s lease, the property was originally used as a kindergarten campus. As an education body, if there is a need in operational space for school, HKPTU will never hesitate to return the property for the cause of education. However, the termination of lease this time is unusual as the government did not attempt any communication and repossessed the property without considering the impact on the property’s users. The HKPTU expresses its deep regrets.
Although the service centre will shut down shortly, the HKPTU will presevere in our service of our members. At the same time, the HKPTU would like to express our gratitude towards our members for their support of our service centre in Tseung Kwan O in the past 8 years. The HKPTU will continuously review and improve our service to better support our members and to serve the education sector.