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Cancellation of teacher registration

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教育局:

I would like to request the following information on cancellation of teacher registration on the grounds of s.47(b) and/or s.47(d) of the Education Ordinance in the past 20 years.

Please provide detailed descriptions of the incompetence and professional misconduct for each of the case. There is no need to disclose the name of the school or the teacher concerned.

Thank you.

市民

WY CHAN

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Education Bureau

Dear WY Chan,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 75/2020
        I refer to your application under the Code on Access to
Information (the Code) received on 17 October 2020.

        Your application is now under processing.  According to paragraph
1.16 of the Code, our bureau will inform you of the latest progress of the
case separately on or before 6 November 2020.  In the meantime, please
contact me at 2892 6121 if you have any enquiry.  Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Suki CHEUK
for Secretary for Education

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From:        WY CHAN <[FOI #516 email]>
To:        公開資料 requests at 教育局 <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        17/10/20 11:24
Subject:        公開資料 request - Cancellation of teacher registration

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教育局:

I would like to request the following information on cancellation of
teacher registration on the grounds of s.47(b) and/or s.47(d) of the
Education Ordinance in the past 20 years.  

Please provide detailed descriptions of the incompetence and professional
misconduct for each of the case.  There is no need to disclose the name of
the school or the teacher concerned.  

Thank you.

市民

WY CHAN

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Education Bureau

Dear WY Chan,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 75/2020
        I refer to your application under the Code on Access to
Information received on 17 October 2020.

        The Education Ordinance (EO) empowers the Permanent Secretary of
the Education Bureau (EDB) to refuse to register an applicant as a teacher
and to cancel the registration of a teacher based on the circumstances set
out under section 46 and section 47 respectively.  The EDB can only
provide figures for the past 10 years.  In the past 10 years (2010 to
2019), the EDB handled a total of 585 cases relating to the suspected
professional misconduct of teachers, of which the registration of 72
teachers were cancelled.  

        As each case has its uniqueness and the decision of cancelling the
registration of a teacher may involve more than one of the situations as
specified in section 47 of the EO, we have not categorized the cases as
requested.

        If we are to provide the requested information, all the 585 cases
handled in the past 10 years will have to be retrieved and studied to
locate the 72 cases and categorized them as requested.  The documents
include records of discussion at EDB’s internal meetings.  Besides, to
avoid disclosing personal data of each case, we need to find such
particulars from each page of the document and read through every line to
mask the information.  As each case involves huge volume of papers, such
actions require heavy workload and manpower.  As disclosure of information
as requested bears little or no implications on public interest, we do not
consider it worth to conduct the above-mentioned work which involves huge
manpower.  In accordance with para 2.9(d) and para 2.10(b)(i) of the Code
which state that a department may refuse to disclose information which
could only be made available by unreasonable diversion of a department’s
resources and the records of discussion at any internal government
meeting, the information requested cannot be provided.

        If you are not satisfied with the above decision, you may write to
request an internal review of your case.  Alternatively, you may consider
lodging a complaint to The Ombudsman whose contact is at:

30/F, China Merchants Tower
Shun Tak Centre
168-200 Connaught Road Central
Hong Kong

Telephone : 2629 0555
Fax : 2882 8149

Yours sincerely,

Miss Suki CHEUK
for Secretary for Education

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From:        Suki SK CHEUK/EDB/HKSARG
To:        WY CHAN <[FOI #516 email]>
Date:        2020/10/23 下午 05:40
Subject:        Code on Access to Information (Case No: 75/2020)

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Dear WY Chan,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 75/2020
        I refer to your application under the Code on Access to
Information (the Code) received on 17 October 2020.

        Your application is now under processing.  According to paragraph
1.16 of the Code, our bureau will inform you of the latest progress of the
case separately on or before 6 November 2020.  In the meantime, please
contact me at 2892 6121 if you have any enquiry.  Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Suki CHEUK
for Secretary for Education

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From:        WY CHAN <[FOI #516 email]>
To:        公開資料 requests at 教育局 <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        17/10/20 11:24
Subject:        公開資料 request - Cancellation of teacher registration

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教育局:

I would like to request the following information on cancellation of
teacher registration on the grounds of s.47(b) and/or s.47(d) of the
Education Ordinance in the past 20 years.  

Please provide detailed descriptions of the incompetence and professional
misconduct for each of the case.  There is no need to disclose the name of
the school or the teacher concerned.  

Thank you.

市民

WY CHAN

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This is a request under the Code of Access to Information facilitated via
the accessinfo.hk website.

請將此電子郵件地址用於對此請求的所有回复:
[FOI #516 email]

[Education Bureau request email]對教育局的公開資料請求的地址是否錯誤?如果是這樣,請使用
以下表格與我們聯繫:
[1]https://accessinfo.hk/zh_HK/change_reque...

免責聲明:本訊息及其後的回應將會在網上公開。以下是我們的私隱及版權政策:
[2]https://accessinfo.hk/zh_HK/help/officers

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I highly recommend you appeal this decision. Please contact us if you would like us to assist.

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