One in five teachers in primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong say they have been secretly recorded by hidden cameras and audio recorders while teaching in class, Sky Post reported Friday, citing a survey.
Some parents gave MP3 recorders to their children to capture the lessons for review later, the report said.
Wong Wai-shing, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (HKFEW), which released the survey, was quoted as saying that the secret taping of classes put great pressure on teachers.
After reviewing such a recording, one parent had confronted a teacher, saying: “Why do you seldom ask my child questions in class?”
Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the teachers surveyed were worried they could be recorded or filmed secretly.
The HKFEW criticized such behavior as immoral and possibly infringing on personal privacy.
Sky Post quoted barrister Albert Luk as saying that it would be a violation of the law if the recordings were made in public places and invaded people’s privacy.
However, some schools may be considered private places, as outsiders are not allowed to enter the premises, he said.
Hidden filming or recording for the purpose of going over classes and sharing the video or audio recordings online, would not break criminal laws, Luk said, although these acts could be against school regulations.
He suggested that schools apply to the civil court for an order banning such behavior.
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