Professional Teachers' Union

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Xu Zheng

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Monday, 28 January, 2013, 3:04am

National education should be history

Scores of local university students show defiance against the proposed national education curriculum. Photo: AP

Just when you thought it was all over, you had a big clash between supporters and opponents of national education outside the government headquarters in Admiralty. The opposers have overplayed their hand and provoked an inevitable backlash from the public. They couldn't leave it well enough alone after securing almost total victory over the government.

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am 10 comments

Call for strike has few backers

A union's call for teachers to stay away from classes in September as a protest against the national-education curriculum has gained little support from principals and school sponsoring bodies.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Union protests at 'hidden' subsidy to Beijing loyalists

Education chiefs have been questioned over a subsidy granted to a Beijing-loyalist group which used the money to publish a set of biased teaching materials on national education that have been rejected even by the education minister.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Up to 2,000 teachers in danger of losing jobs

As many as 2,000 teachers are at risk of losing their jobs when the new school term begins in September.

That's due to falling demand for places in secondary schools, according to a survey of government-run and subsidised schools by the Professional Teachers' Union.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Filibuster is part of democracy

Hong Kong has been criticised for lacking democracy.

For example, we still do not have universal suffrage for the election of the chief executive and we have functional constituencies.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Secret agents sent to spy on teachers' union had change of heart

Szeto Wah, who had a close history with the Chinese Communist Party, was vigilant against the communists' attempts to infiltrate the Professional Teachers' Union, which he founded in 1974.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Liberal studies teachers struggle to conquer stress

Two years into the new senior secondary curriculum, teachers of liberal studies are still facing much work-related stress, a survey found, suggesting the syllabus may be too ambitious.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Children must come first in class-size debate

When two education groups with their own agendas close ranks against the government, it is worth seeing if their solidarity serves self-interest or the public interest.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

PTU collects 10,000 names against closures

The Professional Teachers' Union has collected nearly 10,000 signatures ahead of today's protest against the closure of secondary schools due to the falling student population. Teachers are to gather at Central's Chater Garden at 3pm and march to government headquarter where they will submit the signatures and tie yellow ribbons on the gates.

13 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Principals want admissions policy reversed

Most primary school principals believe the minimum admissions hurdle should be drastically cut, a survey by the Professional Teachers' Union has found. Just under 98 per cent of the 302 principals who responded to a questionnaire said the minimum admissions level should return to 16, its level until 2002.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Principals reject 40-pupil class plan

Almost all secondary school headmasters and teachers polled in a survey have rejected a government proposal that critics say would result in schools closing if they fail to have 40 students in classes.

Nearly 99 per cent of heads dismissed the Education and Manpower Bureau proposal as being 'harmful to the quality of education'. About 95 per cent want the proposal shelved.

3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Worst over for school closures, says bureau

An end may be in sight to plummeting primary school admissions and the closure of primary schools, according to figures released by the Education and Manpower Bureau last night.

About 51,100 pupils will enter government and aided primary schools in September, 2,200 more than last year, the first increase since birth rates began to fall a decade ago.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

News you know?

Test your memory and see what you remember from previous news reports. Each question is related to a news story published in the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, March 14, 2001

1. The 70,000-member Professional Teachers' Union is mobilising massive support to fight against .

A the banning of horse-race betting

B legalising soccer betting

15 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Valid testing

After the opposition put up by the Professional Teachers' Union to the benchmark testing of language teachers, it was expected that only a minority would opt to sit a test to prove they were proficient in the language they instruct.

6 Feb 2001 - 12:00am