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  • Nov 24, 2014
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Community service for education official who got friend’s niece into school

School development officer to undertake 140 hours of unpaid work

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 2:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 2:42pm

An Education Bureau official who transferred a friend’s niece into a school under her supervision has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service.


Yuen Wai-Cheong, 52, a senior school development officer at the time, transferred a student into the Church of Christ in China Mong Man Wai College in July 2011 without reporting her relationship with the student’s aunt, her long-time landlord and friend, heard the Kowloon City Court.


Yuen had pleaded not guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office.


Deputy Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han said community service was an appropriate punishment as Yuen had no criminal record and her community service order report was positive.


Yuen was ordered to start serving the 140 hours of unpaid work from March 5 following the probation officer’s instructions.


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Wow - never would have guessed it was illegal. Happens in Canada all the time. Happened to me. Friend of the family was a guidance counselor at a better school. She allowed me and my best friend to switch over. Very common. This lady just unlucky.


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