School manager training mooted

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 June, 1999, 12:00am

School managers and supervisors may have to undergo training to remain in their posts.

Senior education officer Sharon Lau Chan-yee said setting criteria for school managers and supervisors to ensure they were up to standard was being considered.

Ms Lau said no criteria existed for people wanting to join school management committees, but a working group had been set up under the Education Department to look at the issue.

The department is also running, for the first time, half-day training courses for school managers and supervisors.

About 830 school managers and supervisors have applied to join the courses, which comprise three half-day sessions.

At the first session they will be instructed on education ordinances, school funding, their roles and responsibilities and recent reforms by the department.

In the second session they will be briefed on school management and ways to build up partnerships with parents.

Media-handling skills and handling of crises will be taught at the final session.

'We have received more than 830 applications but we could only accept 280 because of limited places,' Ms Lau said.

'We are planning to hold more training courses. Some large school-sponsoring bodies have also requested our help to arrange tailor-made programmes for them.' Ms Lau said the number of applications was small considering the number of school managers.

There are about 2,800 managers for schools throughout the SAR. Most are businessmen or celebrities who have contributed to the community or donated to schools, but not all are familiar with the education system.

Ms Lau said it would take a long time before all could undergo training.

'Many school managers are busy. Not all of them can spare time to attend briefings,' she said.

Public concern over the quality of school managers was triggered after the department began to promote its School Management Initiative scheme, which allows schools to enjoy greater autonomy.