Students at CCC Ming Yin College, in Shek Kip Mei, are protesting against timetable changes. On Monday, a dozen students put up black banners, criticising Principal Chan Yee-man for making changes to their school day without consulting them.
Normally, school starts at 8.20am and finishes at 3.35pm. But, in early September and in mid-May, the school runs on a special timetable. During that time, students can leave school around 2pm. But Chan decided to take away this privilege.
Chan has also increased the number of after-school classes during the summer holidays and added 15 minutes to the school day for a morning reading session. Students argue this puts too much pressure on them.
In a Facebook post, students said the school had not listened to their concerns over the new policies. They called for the school to discuss the issue with them.
On Monday morning, students and alumni raised banners and began to collect signatures on a petition which called for an open discussion. By Monday night, the petition had been signed by 242 people.
Although Chan could not be reached for comment, the school website announced that it would improve the communication process with students by holding monthly meetings with them. Students also had the chance to air their views during lunch break on Monday.
Chan admitted that there was no consultation prior to new policies, but she insisted she was open to different opinions.
A spokeswoman from the Education Bureau told Young Post yesterday that would investigate the issue and encouraged the school to foster good communications with its students.