Old figures rule on school boards

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 August, 1999, 12:00am

If Education Department records are to be believed, about 140 school management committee members are over 80, with 22 over 90, or even 100.

About 94 members manage 10 schools or more, and five members manage 50 or more.

The startling figures were revealed as Director of Education Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun admitted her department did not update information on current committee members.

She told a radio phone-in programme yesterday that the list of committee members would be updated in the new academic year to improve monitoring.

A closer check would be kept on members' performance and they would be asked to make a declaration of interests.

Mrs Law said she was aware of the problem and an advisory committee had been set up to redefine the role and function of the members.

'In the past, these committee members may not have much involvement in learning and teaching,' she said.

'But we are having more schools adopt school-based management and the role of those members will be important.

'We are going to update the list of the members in all schools in the new academic year. We are going to get their personal information such as their jobs. They will have to declare their interest to us.' To increase transparency, the committees should include teachers, parents and other professionals such as social workers, university lecturers and accountants, she said.