DRAFT LEGCO QUESTION NO. 4
Date of sitting : 14 February 2001
Asked by : Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung
Replied by : SEM
I have received a complaint in which a veteran Senior Graduate Master ("SGM") who has changed his job from a Direct Subsidy Scheme secondary school to take up a Graduate Master ("GM") post in an aided secondary school is paid a salary equivalent to the starting pay of a newly-inducted GM plus incremental credit for his recognized experience. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
- given that the starting salary of newly-inducted GMs has been lowered from point 17 to point 12 on the Master Pay Scale ("MPS") following the Civil Service Starting Salary Review 1999, of the reasons for taking the starting salary of a newly-inducted teacher as the base for calculating the salary of a serving SGM appointed as a GM of a lower rank in another school;
- whether it has assessed if the above practice contravenes the Education Department's stated policy of "encouraging teachers to seek teaching post in another school"; if the assessment result is in the negative, of the justifications for that; and
- whether it will consider amending the existing stipulation; if not, of the reasons for that?