Teaching posts in government and aided primary schools
Date of Meeting: 9 May 2001
Asked by : The Hon. Emily LAU
Replied by : SEM
Regarding teaching posts in government and aided primary schools, will the Administration inform this Council:
- of the total number of graduate teacher ("GT") posts and its percentage in the overall teaching staff establishment of all government and aided primary schools in the school year 2000-01; and the number and percentage of such posts now substantively filled;
- of the current number of schools with GT posts not filled or not substantively filled; the reasons for these posts not being filled; as well as the plans to fill all vacant GT posts expeditiously;
- of the number of serving certificated master/mistress ("CM") who possess a recognized first degree or equivalent qualifications; and
- whether there are plans to convert all CM posts to GT posts?
|a.|| Since the 1994/95 school year, the Government has provided graduate teacher posts in primary schools. The original target was to upgrade 35% of all primary teacher posts from non-graduate to graduate posts by the 2007/08 school year. In 1997, this target was advanced to the 2001/02 school year.
The distribution of graduate teacher posts, as agreed with teacher unions and associations, school councils and sponsors, following extensive consultations, is as follows:
Up to the 2000/2001 school year, resources have been provided for creating 5 675 graduate teacher posts, amounting to 26.7% of the total teaching staff establishment in government and aided primary schools. The Administration will provide another 1 640 primary graduate teacher posts in the 2001/02 school year, bringing the total number of such posts to 7 315, thus meeting the 35% target.
|b.|| As at February 2001, 3 947 graduate teacher posts were filled, amounting to about 70% of the total graduate teacher posts available.
Altogether 1 728 graduate teacher posts in 671 government and aided primary schools remained unfilled. The major reasons are:-
|c.||According to the Teacher Survey 2000, as at October 2000, 5 356 teachers holding degrees were employed as non-graduate teachers in government and aided primary schools, of whom 4 593 were occupying Certificated Master/ Mistress posts, and 763 were occupying Assistant Master/ Mistress posts. Since then, some of these teachers have moved on to fill graduate teacher posts. However, as the Teacher Survey is conducted annually, we do not have the exact figures at this point in time.|
|d.||We shall evaluate the impact of the policy on the quality of primary education and then decide whether to increase the proportion of graduate teacher posts further.|