Asked by : Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung
Replied by : SCS
It is learnt that the passing rates of various papers of the Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English Language), released at the end of May, showed a drastic decline as compared to those of last year. As the authorities concerned had decided not to require the candidates to reveal whether they were serving teachers, teacher trainees or other persons, so as to minimize the psychological burden on them, there is no way for the authorities to distinguish the performance of different groups of candidates. In this regard, will the Government inform this Council:
The Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT) is but one of the means by which serving English teachers attain the language proficiency requirement. Besides taking the assessment, teachers may apply for exemption, undertake training courses or meet the requirement through a combination of the ways mentioned. The Education Department (ED) has asked each school to set a clear timetable for its English teachers to participate in training, attempt the assessment or apply for exemption as early as possible, thus ensuring that they attain the requirement within the specified time frame.
I would now reply to Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung's questions as follows: