Top posts at HKIEd under cloud

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 September, 2006, 12:00am

Staff at the Hong Kong Institute of Education are concerned about the uncertainty it faces as two of its leaders are due to retire and a decision has yet to be made on whether its president, Paul Morris, will renew his contract.

Professor Morris is in Britain recovering from surgery following a cycling accident this year. His contract expires at the end of this academic year.

Vice-president Bernard Luk Hung-kay, who is acting president, is also due to retire in April while vice-president for administration, Norman Ngai Wai-yiu, has brought forward his retirement to mid-November.

Leung Yan-wing, vice-president of the institute's staff union, said staff were concerned about uncertainty and the possibility that the posts might not be filled in time.

'Hiring just one person for such a senior post is difficult enough, let alone when they have to find that many,' Dr Leung said. 'As we specialise in education, the pool we can draw upon is a lot smaller.'

Professor Luk said a recruitment committee had been established to hire two vice-presidents.

Professor Morris was expected to return early this month and his reappointment would be a matter for him to discuss with the council, Professor Luk said.

However, he stressed that Professor Morris remained fully committed to his position at the institute. 'Even after his cycling accident he continued to come to work despite being in great pain,' Professor Luk said.

Associate vice-president for learning enhancement and development Professor Lorna Chan Kin-sang also retired this week. A spokeswoman said her post would be filled by Professor Louisa Lam Suk-wah.