Students protest over quality of courses

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2007, 12:00am

About 40 students yesterday protested against what they say is a drop in the quality of associate degree programmes after the transfer of 112 teaching staff from City University's community college.

Student spokesman Dodo Cheng Yiu-tung said the university had not consulted associate degree students, who had been informed of the move by e-mail after it had been in the media. 'We hope future university decisions will be based on the students and teaching quality,' he said.

The 112 staff, among the most experienced at the community college, will be transferred to the School of Continuing and Professional Education next July to teach top-up degrees.

Mr Cheng said if the staff wanted to stay at the community college they might have to switch from permanent to contract terms, with uncertain levels of pay. A survey has shown that at least 80 per cent of the affected teachers have indicated they will opt for the transfer.

The concern group reiterated its request to meet the university's acting president, Richard Ho Yan-ki, to discuss the matter by next Wednesday. 'Professor Ho said he would meet us after the Wednesday deadline. But that would be pointless as the teaching staff would have already indicated their decision to the university by then,' he said.