Christopher Chung Shu-kun, a lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said on Monday that his weekend comments on kindergartens should not be construed as belittling the educational endeavors for tiny tots.
The explanation came following Chung’s comments Saturday when he described kindergartens as just another “business”.
The remarks made at a public hearing by the Legco’s Committee on Free Kindergarten Education were merely aimed at outlining the fact that some private and independent kindergartens are operating as for-profit entities, RTHK quoted Chung as saying.
The word “business” was used from the perspective of investors and operators of kindergartens, and was not in any way a comment on the principals or staff of the institutions, he explained.
During the Legco panel hearing on Saturday, Chung said that “operators can make decent profits if they run the schools well, as I myself had been a board director of one kindergarten before”, according to Apple Daily.
The remarks prompted many principals and teachers to leave the hearing in a show of protest.
Later a group of educators launched an online protest against Chung, saying his view that running a kindergarten was equal to running a business was despicable, shallow and insulting to efforts of educators in the industry.
The group accused Chung of ignorance and arrogance.
“I am willing to retract my words if they had made educators in the industry unhappy,” Chung said on Monday. “I respect their feelings.”
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