Equal opportunity remains at the top of an agenda worth fighting for
I refer to Mr William May's letter under the headline 'Discrimination appears to have been pushed into the background' (Education Post, December 7).
Mr May criticises the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) for not taking any legal action over alleged disability discrimination in education. Perhaps it would assist Mr May to know that, since its inception, the EOC has received 46 complaints of disability discrimination in education and 23 have been amicably settled through the commission's conciliation process.
Experience has shown that, no matter what type of dispute may be involved, the majority of complainants and respondents are reasonable and motivated to settle their disputes without litigation. Where the EOC has decided to take a case to court, it has thought about the matter carefully and all other options have been explored.
The EOC has been working to ensure that the Disability Discrimination Ordinance and the principles it espouses are properly implemented in schools by principals, teachers and educators alike. To this end, the EOC drafted a Code of Practice on Education in 2001. To further enhance awareness of special learning needs, the EOC has organised an education seminar and published an information series titled Disability and Education.
MARIANA LAW PO-CHU
Senior Equal Opportunities Officer