Students of CCC Ming Yin College (MYC) in Shek Kip Mei are protesting some decisions taken by the secondary school’s management recently, particularly with regard to the issue of class timings.
The pupils are upset that classes will start at 8.15 am everyday under a new rule, rather than the previous schedule of 8.30 am.
Also, there are concerns about a move to increase the number of hours for mandatory tutorial classes and additional mock examinations for DSE students.
Angered at the decisions, students are urging the school authorities to reconsider their plans, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
On Monday, a banner was hung outside the school, calling on the management to enter into a dialogue with the students.
Meanwhile, some former and existing students of the institution published an open letter to the school principal, Anne Chan Yee-man, urging her to sit down with student representatives and listen to their grievances.
Questioned about the revision in class timings, Chan said the 8:15 am start was aimed at standardizing the school hours.
Under the previous system, classes used to begin at different times during the summer term and in the winter months.
Class timetable is an internal school policy and should not be a matter of public discussion, the principal said, according to Apple Daily.
Students are welcome for a dialogue but they would be wrong to think that they can vote on decisions like these, she said.
A former student named Yip Ka-yu, who showed up at a protest outside the school, said Chan was acting like a “tyrant” and forcing her decisions on the students.
Chan agreed to be interviewed by Apple Daily, but demanded that the transcripts be submitted to her for approval before publication.
But she relented after reporters explained that such action would be deemed as censorship and interference in press freedom.
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