Principal fired after controversy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2006, 12:00am

The principal of a primary school embroiled in controversy for cancelling its through-train scheme earlier this year has been sacked for misconduct.

Spokeswoman for St Mark's Primary School, Shirley Woo Suet-lai, said yesterday principal Woo Ka-lam was dismissed with immediate effect on August 2 by the school council.

'Mr Woo has done something which the school cannot tolerate and it constituted a serious breach of his professional code of conduct,' Ms Woo said.

She said the misconduct occurred in July but refused to confirm the sacking had nothing to do with the cancellation of the school's through-train scheme in February.

'We have already informed the Education and Manpower Bureau fully of this incident and I can only say we were entitled to deal with the matter in the way we did.'

St Basil's Primary School was renamed St Mark's Primary School last September after the government approved a through-train scheme for Primary One pupils admitted last year to study at its secondary section - which admits mainly band-one students - in 2011.

But the scheme was cancelled after a few months when the government introduced a language policy for secondary schools in which pupils had to be assessed and show that they can learn in English.

Following the cancellation, only Primary One students admitted in 2005-06 and 2006-07 can be automatically promoted to the secondary section in 2011-12 and 2012-13.