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Native English-Speaking Teacher Scheme


Helpers have no 'special privileges'

In her letter on native English-speaking teachers ('NETs are a drain on resources', June 9), Julia Kwong says Hong Kong must learn to stand on its own as an international city.

Monday, 20 June, 2011, 12:00am

900 English teachers denied pay rise

About 900 native-English-speaking teachers employed under NET schemes will get no pay rise in the new school year because of the poor economy. The Education Bureau told Legco yesterday a deal had been reached last month with the teachers' association, which said it was an unsuitable time to review pay. The NET teachers are paid on par with locals but get a monthly allowance.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

NETs to get windfall with increase in special allowance plus back pay

Teachers on the government's NET scheme will receive a HK$10,360 windfall payment with their monthly salary cheque next week after the Education Bureau approved a 10 per cent increase in the programme's special allowance.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


Bureau's new plans for strengthening the NET scheme a timely move

The Education Bureau's plan to evaluate relationships between native-English teachers (NETs) and local colleagues, and to commission the Institute of Education to design a Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme for untrained NETs is timely (Education Post, November 29).

10 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

NETs to wait a year for 'fair' allowance review

The Native English-speaking Teachers' Association says it is prepared to wait until next year for a fair review of NETs' special allowance following a meeting with the Education Bureau this week.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


NET association risking viability of scheme with unreasonable demands

It came as no surprise to read the provocative and highly embarrassing headline 'NETs call for 39pc allowance rise' (Education Post, March 15). Nesta, the group portrayed as representative of the NET community, had previously signalled its intention to use these columns again to publicise its demands.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

NETs call for a 39pc allowance rise as costs soar

Native English-speaking teachers are calling for a 39 per cent increase in their special allowance to offset spiralling living costs and keep experienced staff in Hong Kong.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The other tongue

We increasingly hear concerns that English standards are dropping at Hong Kong schools. Yet, one insider argues that standards have not actually declined: rather, perceptions of a downtrend are being created by a wide range of factors.

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Experienced English language specialist maid in Hong Kong

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Useful Web links


Web portal created by the Education and Manpower Bureau and now run by Hong Kong Education City Limited. Includes school profiles (in Chinese) and teaching and learning resources, some in English.


16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


White won't wash in context of global English

I fully concur with Andy Kirkpatrick ('Multilingual teachers would better meet needs of NETs Scheme', Education Post, June 2) that English is nowadays a global language quite far removed from the ethnocentric maw of its initial progenitors and proponents, white Englishmen and their scion in the many lands they imperiously invaded.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Shortage of NETs looming: educators

Market, cost, pollution and schooling to blame

Educators are warning of a shortage of native English-speaking teachers (NET) in September due to a high turnover and increased demand coupled with problems attracting new blood from overseas.

Pollution, difficulty finding suitable schooling and the cost of living are all taking their toll.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Education Mailbag

International context reveals the reality of shortcomings

The front page story 'Boost university places' call (Education Post, May 5) needs to be set in an international context. Hong Kong's 14,500 first-year, first-degree places each year provide entry for 18 per cent of its young people compared with the OECD average for 2004 of 53 per cent.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Education Mailbag

Comments undermine legitimate campaign seeking fair deal for NETs

My wife and I were deeply disappointed to read Angela Jackson's letter to Education Post last week. How could she undermine the efforts of those native English-speaking teachers requesting a review of the package offered by the Education and Manpower Bureau?

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Malcontents fail to reflect majority

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.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am