Alpais Lam

Education Bureau report on Alpais Lam will not be made public

Authorities cite 'privacy' as reason to keep document on Alpais Lam under wraps

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 6:13am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 12:15pm

The report on a primary school teacher caught on camera swearing at police officers would not be disclosed due to privacy considerations, the Education Bureau said.

While the bureau was still "arranging related information to form the report" concerning teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze, it told the South China Morning Post that it would not be revealing any details from it.

"Since the case is an individual incident and involves personal information, the Education Bureau will not disclose the content of the report to the public," a bureau spokesman said in an e-mail to the Post.

The report - which Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had demanded - would be sent to the secretary for education when it was ready for clearance before submission to Leung, he added.

It has been more than a month since the bureau received a report from Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood, where Lam teaches.

Lam, was seen in a video verbally attacking police over their handling of a confrontation between the Falun Gong and the Youth Care Association in Mong Kok in July.

The principal of the Fanling primary school, Wendy Fung Man-yi, believes no personal information would be involved in the final report as the documents submitted to the bureau were mainly logs recording how the school solved the crisis.

"We have disclosed most of the information, through school statements, submitted to the bureau," Fung said. "But we don't know how the bureau is writing the report."

Lam was unaware of what stage the report was at. "No one from the bureau has told me about its progress. I don't even know if I will get a copy," she said. "But the report is about me; I should know about it."

Lam, who is now on leave of absence from her teaching duties due to emotional problems, said she did not understand why the bureau was taking such a long time to complete the report.

"My school has been cooperative and provided all necessary information. I don't understand why it is taking so long to finish the report," said Lam, adding that she would give her opinion on whether the report should be made public after finding out what personal information it contained.