PTUNEWS (Issue 714) 2021-02

Ms Lam’s Death Inquest Concluded
Coroner’s Court Deems Tragedy Avoidable
HKPTU Calls for Improvement on Current Mechanism

TWGHs Leo Tung-hai LEE Primary School teacher Lam Lai-tong fell to death on campus in 2019. The Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU) unprecedentedly request the opening of a death inquest as a labour union and appointed a team of lawyers to restore the truth as well as avoid tragedies in the future. The Coroner’s Court declared Lam’s death was suicide on 29th January. The Coroner mentioned had the principal been neutral and object, and had someone stood up for Lam, the tragedy could have been avoided. Read more…

Government to Consult on Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance Review in Partial Response to HKPTU’s Demands

In the face of the rapid development of self-financing education, the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320) has not been amended for over a decade, and many of its provisions have become outdated. As early as 2018, the HKPTU has already handed in two submissions to the Task Force on Review of Self-financing Post-secondary Education, proposing to reform the Ordinance, and reiterated the urgent need for reform to the Legislative Council Panel on Education in 2019. The Government finally published a consultation document in late December 2020 to launch a consultation on the review of the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance. President of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU) Fung Wai-wah is pleased to see that the legislative amendment exercise has finally made concrete progress and accepted some of HKPTU’s requests to repeal many outdated provisions and enhance the financial transparency of the institutions. Yet, he believes that the consultation proposal still lacks protection for institutional autonomy.
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