Date
28 May 2017
Eddie Ng (inset) says the EDB heeded concerns by parents that their children might be subjected to TSA turorials and training during the Christmas holiday. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK, the standnews
Eddie Ng (inset) says the EDB heeded concerns by parents that their children might be subjected to TSA turorials and training during the Christmas holiday. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK, the standnews

EDB accused of making schools scapegoat in TSA controversy

Hong Kong education authorities are being accused of destroying their “cooperative relationship” with schools over their decision to cancel make-up classes and training sessions for the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) examination during weekends and holidays.

The Education Bureau (EDB) also asked parents to report any school that fails to comply, Apple Daily reports.

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng said warning letters will be issued in serious cases.

The Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association and the Subsidized Primary School Council criticised the EDB, saying it is undermining the mutual trust between schools and families. 

They said the decision, announced on Friday, is a blow to the professionalism of teachers.

The two bodies have asked the EDB to suspend TSA for primary three students in 2016.

On Monday, Ng said he is open to discussion.

He said the decision was in response to parents’ concerns that their children might be subjected to TSA tutorials and exercises during the upcoming Christmas holiday.

He said the circular was released early to give schools enough time to comply.

However, he said communication could have been handled better to avoid confusion.

Ng is adamant the decision will stand despite objections from the two bodies, although he said he is worried some TSA committee members might quit in protest.

Lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen said the EDB merely passed the blame to schools after refusing to abolish the controversial TSA examination.

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