Free e-mail accounts never used by 85pc of teachers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 5:52pm

Nearly 85 per cent of teachers never used e-mail accounts provided by the Education Department, with many complaining they were full of junk mail from officials, a survey showed.

The department's scheme to give free e-mail accounts to all teachers in public sector schools was a waste of resources, concluded Education Convergence, which carried out the survey in May.

All teachers were provided with free e-mail accounts in January. The department hoped communication with teachers would be improved through school circulars and messages to teachers via e-mail.

Eighty-one per cent of principals and teachers communicated with each other by e-mail, but only 15.7 per cent of the 1,137 interviewees used the e-mail accounts provided by the department.

Only 61 teachers used these accounts as their sole e-mail accounts. Of those who had never used them, 21 per cent complained that the department sent them too many unrelated messages.

Education Convergence chairman Choi Kwok-kwong said he often received messages concerning primary schools and kindergartens despite teaching in a secondary school. He urged a review of the scheme.

Principal education officer Ma Siu-leung denied that the messages sent by the department were junk mail.

The Government is aiming at training teachers to have at least 25 per cent of the curriculum taught with information technology tools within five years.

Only just over half of secondary school students believe it is necessary to stand during the national anthem, according to a poll of 2,652 students in 17 schools. Some 50.1 per cent of Form Three pupils agreed they should remain standing when they heard the national anthem, while 15.4 per cent rejected the idea. Almost 70 per cent of Primary Six pupils believed they should stand.