Record storage checked after student outcry

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 May, 1999, 12:00am

Education officials are looking at the storage of evening school students' records after complaints that some files listing identity card numbers and academic results are kept under a staircase.

The Education Department said it had not intended to discriminate against evening school students.

It promised to investigate the matter.

Students of a government-run evening education centre at Queen Elizabeth School in Mongkok have complained the school failed to keep their records properly, risking their personal data being stolen or leaked.

The files are being stored in a wooden cabinet under stairs next to a fire exit.

The department's acting senior education officer (adult education), Chan Cheung Pui-lan, said officials were concerned how student records were being stored.

'We phoned the day school immediately and learned its staff rooms had just undergone refurbishment,' she said. 'The records had been stored in its staff rooms until recently.

'We are checking what data is being locked in the cabinet below the staircase and whether the school can spare better places to keep the cabinet.

'We have been particularly serious about students data since the enactment of the privacy law,' she said.

'We have reminded schools to be careful in handling students' records.'