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Graduate Teacher Posts in Aided Secondary Schools


Background

It has all along been the Government’s target to achieve the all-graduate teaching force.  In order to raise the professional status and professional standards of teachers for enhancement of the overall quality of education, the ratio of graduate teacher posts in secondary schools was increased to 80% and 85% in the 2008/09 school year and the 2009/10 school year respectively.

The Government announced in the Chief Executive’s 2017 Policy Address that an in-depth review would be carried out on the professional development of teachers. The EDB set up the Task Force on Professional Development of Teachers (the Task Force) in November 2017 to review and further promote teachers’ professional development, which includes the drawing up of a timetable for an all-graduate teaching force and proposing directional recommendations. Based on the results of the extensive consultation, the Task Force has comprehended the views and rationale in the sector for the full implementation of the all-graduate teaching force policy as soon as possible, and considered carefully whether the pace of implementation could match the professional development of teachers and readiness of schools. After in-depth discussions, the Task Force recommended that the policy on an all-graduate teaching force should be implemented as soon as practicable so as to raise the professional status of teachers, retain and attract talents into the teaching profession, and enhance the quality of education. The Government accepted the recommendation of the Task Force and the Chief Executive announced in the 2018 Policy Address that the all-graduate teaching force policy would be implemented in public sector primary and secondary schools in one go in the 2019/20 school year. Schools may, taking into account their school-based circumstances, achieve full implementation in two years by the 2020/21 school year.


Reference Materials

     - Sections 59-60 on "Promotion and Regrading"

     - Appendix 2 on "Staff Establishment of Aided Secondary Schools"

     - Appendix 4/Attachment D-E on "Guides to Appointment"

     - Sections 65-66 on "Promotion and Regrading"

     - Appendix 2 on "Staff Establishment"

     - Appendix 4/Attachment D-E on "Guides to Appointment"