A 48-year-old female teacher plunged to her death from a building of a primary school in Tin Shui Wai where she worked.
The teacher surnamed Lam was found dead shortly after 7 a.m. on Wednesday on the campus of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ (TWGHs) Leo Tung-hai Lee Primary School, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
She was suspected to have taken her own life. Police found nothing suspicious after arriving at the scene. They found no note left by her.
The case was listed as a person falling from a height. Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to ascertain the cause of her death.
As the incident took place at a time when pupils were having classes, the school administration forbade them to go downstairs during recess and asked their teachers to make arrangements for pupils who needed to go to the toilet.
A member of Lam’s family said that before the incident, Lam had told her that she was under a great deal of stress at work and that the principal allegedly often made unreasonable demands.
TWGHs said through its corporate communications branch that the group and the school were saddened by the tragic incident and extended their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.
The school has formed a crisis team to follow up on the incident as well as help pupils and teaching staff who may need counseling from educational psychologists and social workers.
It will also set up a task force to look into the issues involved in the incident.
Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, who is also vice president of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, said schools should find ways to improve their staffing.
He noted that many teachers normally give up to 30 classes a week, and are also required to handle other tasks such as attending meetings and writing reports.
The Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers chairman Wong Kam-leung called on the Education Bureau to allocate more resources to help teachers deal with their emotional issues.
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