Hong Kong Unison
Hong Kong Unison meets with Mr Eddie Ng and Mrs Cherry Tse to discuss details in the implementation of the Chinese language support for ethnic minority students
Hong Kong Unison representatives, including Chairperson and member of the Executive Committee Ms Margaret Ng and Ms Shalini Mahtani, met with Secretary for Education Mr Eddie Ng, Permanent Secretary for Education Mrs Cherry Tse and Deputy Secretaries for Education Ms KK Chan and Ms Jessie Wong this afternoon (Editor’s note: Feb 21, 2014) to discuss the details in the implementation of the Chinese language support for ethnic minority students proposed in the Policy Address last month.
The Government announced last month that it will enhance the education support for ethnic minority students in learning Chinese language in order to aid their integration into the community and develop their careers. Many of the measures, including the “Chinese Language Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework”, are scheduled to be implemented starting September this year.
The EDB introduced to Unison some of the progress made on the development and implementation of the proposed measures. However, given the imminence of the implementation of the Framework, the EDB is yet to be able to provide details on the concrete policy goals, transparent monitoring mechanisms, outcome indicators and evaluation of current policy gaps. We hope that the EDB will provide the details of these essential components and take feedback from all stakeholders.
Moreover, the problem of de facto racial segregation in the public school system is still persistent. Racial segregation adversely affects ethnic minority students, and undermines the values of diversity and equality in the Hong Kong education system. We urge the government to effectively eliminate racial segregation in the public school system as soon as possible.
Unison will keep regular dialogue with the EDB on this crucial matter to continue to monitor the implementation of the measures announced in the Policy Address.