Survey objective: To understand how elementary and secondary school principals feel about how best to use the remaining $1.4 billion and a one-time infusion of $18 billion into the education system
Survey period: 27th July to 15th September 2017
Questions asked: thirteen in total
Survey method: Questionnaire
Survey subjects: Principals of elementary and secondary schools throughout Hong Kong
Number of respondents: 130 (70 elementary principals, 60 secondary principals)
The new Chief Executive Ms. Carrie Lam has promised to invest an additional $5 billion annually to improve the education system. $3.6 billion of this has already been approved by the Finance Committee in Legco. It is still undecided how the remaining $1.4 billion is to be used for the education system. Also, Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced last term that there will be a one-time infusion of $18 billion into the education system, but concrete proposals on how to use these funds still requires consultation. In order to give proposals on how best to use such an infusion of funds, the DAB Family Affairs Committee wrote letters to and held a survey of elementary and secondary school principals throughout Hong Kong, to hear their thoughts and advice.
• Survey results
The survey results showed that the issue most elementary principals was concerned with is “improving the school environment, updating the technological facilities and promoting digital education”. 64 principals said this was the best way to use the funding. Next up were “making sure teachers with the same qualifications are paid the same rate” and “continuing to increase the quota of regular teaching positions”, with 62 and 57 principals saying those were the most important issues respectively. After this were “strengthening life education to prevent student suicide” and “improving parent education” with 58 and 57 principals respectively. As for increasing the support for SEN students and promoting STEM education were both viewed as the most important by 55 principals respectively
For principals of secondary schools, the survey showed that the highest priority was to “increase the quota of regular teaching positions”, which was seen as the top priority by 55 principals. Second was to “increase funding for early testing and provide help for students with special needs”, with 52 principals viewing them as extremely important or very important. Number three was “making sure teachers with the same qualifications are paid the same rate” and “improving the school environment, updating technological facilities and promoting digital education” with 49 principals listing each of them as extremely important or important. “Strengthening life education to prevent student suicide” and “promoting STEM education” had 48 and 45 principals respectively view them as very important.
DAB Vice Chairperson and Education Spokesperson Horace Cheung (9681 8757)
DAB Family Affairs Chairperson Jacqueline Chung (5109 8058)