Date
13 December 2017
Carrie Lam says she will put issues regarding education at the top of her agenda after she takes office on July 1. Photo: Xinhua
Carrie Lam says she will put issues regarding education at the top of her agenda after she takes office on July 1. Photo: Xinhua

Carrie Lam vows to put education first

Hong Kong Chief Executive-designate Carrie Lam said she will be busy with preparatory work before she takes office on July 1 and does not see herself interfering in the policies of the sitting government, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Lam was speaking at the airport on her return from Beijing after receiving her appointment from the central government.

She said she will devote her time to forming her administration, ensuring a smooth handover, getting in touch with people and making preparations for political reform.

As for her team, Lam said she still needs more time, without elaborating.

Lam said she will put education at the top of her agenda, adding she will gather opinions about resource allocation from all stakeholders.

She plans to inject an extra HK$5 billion into education as part of her election pledge.

Asked if she will discuss with the current government the suspension of the Basic Capabilities Assessment (BCA) test planned by the Education Bureau for May, Lam said she would not interfere in government policy.

In January, Secretary for Education Eddie Ng announced that the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) will be replaced with the BCA. All primary three students will have to sit for a test on their English, Chinese and math proficiency.

Ng has insisted that the BCA tests will go ahead as scheduled while rejecting criticism that the BCA is TSA with a different name.

On Wednesday, a group called Parents United of Hong Kong said it is planning a boycott against the tests.

Lam tried to talk the government into suspending the tests after she got elected only to be rebuffed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 13

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