Alpais Lam

Alpais Lam case: school has done its homework despite minister's claims

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 October, 2013, 2:04pm

The primary school that employs a teacher caught on camera swearing at police officers has filed its report on the incident to the Education Bureau, despite a minister's claim that it had not.

Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood became a target for protests by Beijing loyalists after teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze was seen in a video verbally attacking police over their handling of a protest in Mong Kok in July.

Education Minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim said in Beijing on Monday that the school had yet to submit a report requested by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying into Lam's case.

But Wendy Fung Man-yi, the principal of the school in Fanling, said Ng "might have missed the latest development".

And the Education Bureau later confirmed that the report had, in fact, been received from the school and said it would submit it to the minister.

"The [school's] crisis management group has already finished their work and submitted the report to the bureau's regional education office," Fung said.

"Perhaps the secretary for education was unaware of the latest development as he was in Beijing," she added. "Or it takes some time for the report to be relayed from the regional office to the bureau."

Writing on her Facebook page yesterday, Lam said the school had submitted all documents before the summer holiday ended last month.

Lam's case has became a rallying point for both critics and supporters of the government.

Leung said he would ask the education minister to submit a report on Lam's case after facing questions on the case in August.

Quizzed by Hong Kong journalists in the capital on Monday, Ng said: "We have not urged the school to submit the report to prevent putting any pressure on it. The report would focus on the school's handling procedures."

The report will first be considered by the bureau's disciplinary committee, which will hand its recommendations to the bureau's permanent secretary, Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching.

A spokesman for the Education Bureau yesterday said that it was tidying up the information in the report, which "would be submitted to the minister for consideration then handed to the chief executive".

The school's board has issued a verbal warning to Lam, who has already apologised to her school, pupils and parents - though not to the police officers she abused - for her behaviour.