Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

Hong Kong to train more teachers, boost intake to lucrative diploma

Hong Kong to train more teachers, boost intake to lucrative diploma

Education Bureau says it will increase intake to sought-after postgraduate diploma in bid to help sector’s flagging figures.

Hong Kong authorities will increase the intake to teacher training programmes after the number of serving educators who had yet to complete the necessary postgraduate courses soared 50 per cent in the past three years, while schools struggle with increased staff turnover.

The Education Bureau told the Post there were around 3,000 teachers who had not yet obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in the last academic year, up from 2,500 in the previous 12 months.

There were only 2,000 teachers working without the diploma in 2018-19.

According to principals, university graduates without the qualification could still apply for positions, but their salaries would be determined by schools instead of following a government pay scale designed for fully trained, regular teachers.

Quotas for a host of secondary school subjects in the postgraduate teaching diploma will increase.

The bureau told schools in a letter this week that the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University and the Education University of Hong Kong would increase the intake of the part-time PGDE programme in some subjects for the next two academic years given the “higher than expected” number of untrained teachers.

Extra funding for the additional places will be provided by the bureau through the University Grants Committee. But the bureau did not disclose the number of places or the amount of funding involved.

The subjects included English and music in both primary and secondary schools. Around 14 secondary school subjects, including Chinese, mathematics and home economics would also see an increased quota.

The bureau said school principals could nominate at most two serving teachers to sign up for the postgraduate programmes, which are highly sought after among educators.

“Schools are encouraged to, taking into consideration the schools’ needs such as school development, subject requirements as well as the potential and professional conduct of the teachers concerned, nominate not more than two serving teachers to apply for the relevant teacher education programmes,” the letter sent to schools said.

University web pages stated the institutions would give “priority of admission” to those who were recommended by their principals.

Official statistics showed the turnover rate for teachers at primary and secondary schools reached 7.1 per cent and 7.8 per cent respectively during the last academic year, up sharply from 4.2 per cent and 4.6 per cent in the previous 12 months.

The bureau earlier said teachers left their jobs due to retirement, the pursuit of further studies, changes of employment to other types of schools or outside the profession, emigration and marriage.

Chow Kim-ho, principal of Tsuen Wan Trade Association Primary School, welcomed the new policy as it could ensure committed teachers received the necessary training.

“Some permitted teachers have been working here for two years but they still could not get admitted to the PGDE programmes as the demand is really high,” he said.

Chow expected serving English teachers who were yet to obtain the PGDE would probably get the nomination from principals as an incentive to stay on, given it was more difficult for both primary and secondary schools to hire them.


Related Articles

Hong Kong News
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.