Independent panel to look into primary school teacher's death

March 11, 2019 15:23
TWGHs chairman Vinci Wong said information provided the independent investigation committee will be kept absolutely secret. Photo: RTHK

An independent investigation panel will be formed to look into the death of a teacher at The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals’ (TWGHs) Leo Tung-hai Lee Primary School in Tin Shui Wai.

Lam Lai-tong, 48, was found dead after she plunging from a building on the school campus on Wednesday morning last week. 

While police found no note left by her, a member of Lam’s family reportedly said that Lam revealed before her death that she was under a great deal of stress at work and that the principal allegedly often made unreasonable demands.

On Sunday, TWGHs chairman Vinci Wong Yin-chi led its board of directors to meet with Lam’s family and the teaching staff of the school.

After the meeting, Wong told media that the school’s management committee was set to form an independent investigation committee to look into the tragic incident, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The panel will have six or seven members, including a retired Education Bureau official, a medical specialist and a professor with a clinical psychology background, Wong said, adding that the investigative process will be conducted under the principles of openness, fairness and impartiality.

He also pledged that the identities of those providing information to the panel will be kept absolutely secret.

Meanwhile, there are media reports that Lam had filed a complaint with the education division of TWGHs headquarters a day before the tragedy happened.

Wong said Law Yuen-yee, the school principal, was on leave as of Monday and would not show up at school for the time being.

Wong also acknowledged that there were loopholes in the assessment and complaint handling mechanisms for schools under Tung Wah.

A netizen left a message on Wong’s Facebook, saying the school should suspend Law during the investigation, otherwise no teaching staff would dare to tell the truth, to which Wong replied, “Agree.”

Lam’s father told reporters that he hopes justice can be served for his daughter.

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