Hong Kong court bars Hing Tak teacher from troubled school
Cheung Kam-fai was charged with 10 counts of remaining in a school without permission
A former teacher was on Wednesday barred from returning to a Hong Kong primary school where he was accused of staying without permission after his teacher’s registration had been cancelled.
The case was the first prosecution arising from a police investigation into the management of Hing Tak School, which attracted headlines last month when it emerged that 21 pupils at the government-subsidised institution were absent for up to two years, but had remained on the student roster.
Cheung Kam-fai, now unemployed, was charged with 10 counts of remaining in a school without permission.
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The charges alleged that he had remained in the school grounds from March 30 to April 11 without permission from the permanent secretary for education, despite his registration as a teacher being cancelled.
The offence is punishable by a HK$100,000 fine and two years’ imprisonment, under the Education Ordinance.
The 43-year-old was not required to take plea on his first court appearance on Wednesday before acting Principal Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mui at the Tuen Mun Court.
The case was adjourned to November 1, with Cheung granted bail on condition that he refrain from school grounds.