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Percentage target set for qualified teachers of kindergartens


Date of Meeting: 14 June 2000

Asked by : The Hon YEUNG Yiu-chung

Replied by : Secretary for Education and Manpower

Question :

In reply to a question raised by a Member of this Council on 17 November last year, the Government stated that it hoped to achieve the target of having at least 60% of the teachers in each kindergarten to be Qualified Kindergarten Teachers ("QKTs") by September this year. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council of :

  1. the current number of kindergartens which have achieved the aforesaid percentage target and its percentage in all kindergartens in Hong Kong;

  2. the number of kindergartens which have yet to achieve the percentage target and the average percentage of QKTs among all the teachers in those kindergartens; and

  3. the supply and demand of QKTs at present?


Madam President,

a. According to a teachers' survey conducted in October 1999, a total of 708 kindergartens have achieved the target of employing at least 60% Qualified Kindergarten Teachers (QKTs), accounting for 92% of all kindergartens in Hong Kong.
b. There are 61 kindergartens which have yet to meet the 60% requirement. 44 of them now have teachers attending QKT training course. They should be able to meet the 60% target in September 2000 if the teachers now undergoing training remain in the employ of these kindergartens on completion of training. The remaining 17 kindergartens will meet the requirement by nominating teachers to attend the QKT course in the 2000/01 school year, or by recruiting new QKTs in the next few months.
c. As indicated by the results of the above survey, there are now 4 943 QKTs teaching in kindergartens. The present requirement is for kindergartens to employ at least 50% QKTs; this translates into a demand for 2 059 QKTs. Based on the projected kindergarten enrolment for the 2000/01 school year, about 2 420 QKTs will be required to achieve the 60% target. On the whole, the supply of QKTs is sufficient to meet demand.
Last revision date: 14 June 2000
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