Leave passes backed

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am

Parents should be given leave from work to attend school meetings and events, a new education liaison body is recommending.

The Committee on Home-School Co-operation, which held its first formal meeting this week headed by chairman Wong Po-choi, has an Education and Manpower Bureau brief to encourage reading at home and closer bonds between parents and their children through a better understanding of their child's school experience.

Vice-chairman Christopher Yu Wing-fai, said mainland parents already enjoyed the right to take leave from work to attend parent teaching association meetings or school-based social and academic events.

'Hong Kong is a bit behind our mainland counterparts in this aspect. Mainland parents can show the school notice to their employees and will be granted leave to attend events,' Mr Yu said.

Professor Wong, from Chinese University, said the committee planned to conduct a feasibility study this term on whether the idea would benefit the schools, companies and society.

He said it would also conduct monthly surveys on parental issues so it could react quickly to them and offer better guidance.

The committee planned to provide more extensive information in annual school and pre-school guides.

In addition to numerical data on admissions and exam results, it would include information such as the type of food offered and number of books children read a year.

It also planned to publish an overview of the different education paths available for students at different stages.