Malcontents fail to reflect majority

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 May, 2007, 12:00am

Once again your publication has sought to portray NETs in an unfavourable light to the people of Hong Kong at large. 'NETs sign petition to increase allowance' (Education Post, April 28) is how you chose, writ large, to present the ignominious attempt by two NETs to extract more benefits from the EMB under the guise of staving off an alleged recruitment crisis.

Your article says nothing of the 600 or so NETS who declined to sign this petition, despite constant badgering and veiled 'you're either with us or against us' remarks. Neither did you make it clear that those behind the petition are unelected by, and unrepresentative of, any group of NET teachers in Hong Kong.

It is not surprising that, among 800 overseas teachers in Hong Kong, a small number exist who wish to impose the working practices of their own countries upon their host. Sadly, this desire for change often extends to the point where any educational, administrative or cultural differences here are viewed with contempt and intolerance. We are now subjected to a barrage of shop-floor sneers and a 'united front' is demanded.

Let it be clear that the petition was a ragbag of complaints detailing every conceivable grievance in a bid to garner maximum support. I am delighted that the majority of my NET counterparts saw it for what it was - a shotgun at the head for more cash - and rejected it, but I am growing rather tired of being depicted in your columns as a money-grabbing malcontent. If the NET scheme is under any threat - and that is by no means a given fact - it comes from the studied manufacture of discontent, and the eagerness of your newspaper to seize upon and magnify it.

NET teacher, Tin Shui Wai

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