Education

Rules reminder for all tutorial schools

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 September, 1997, 12:00am

Education chiefs have told tutorial schools they must employ approved teachers.


By law, the teachers should be registered with the Education Department or have permits, a spokesman said.


'In the case of permitted teachers, they can only teach the subjects and classes in the school specified in their permit,' he said.


Those who violate Section 42 of the Education Ordinance face a maximum penalty of $5,000 and two years' jail.


The spokesman said tutorial schools should not charge any fees other than those approved beforehand by the Education Department.


Approval for additional charges - including exam fees, registration and withdrawal fees - must be put on display at the school along with the Fees Certificate.


The maximum penalty for violation of this provision - Section 61 of the Education Ordinance - is a fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for a year. The law stipulates that any teacher must not teach more than 45 students at any one time. There is also a limit to the maximum accommodation for each classroom and this should be displayed.


The spokesman advised students who intended to enrol in tutorial schools to check whether the school, the premises and the courses had been registered with the department.


In addition to the Fees Certificate, tutorial schools are required to prominently display the Registration Certificate showing the name of the school in English and Chinese, as well as the registration number.


Students and parents are welcome to verify the rules, as well as duration and fees of scheduled courses, with District Education Offices or the Registration Section. Students may seek a refund of course fees if the expected services are not delivered.