SCMP Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Non-elite schools top in degrees


Some non-elite primary schools are ahead of their elite counterparts in the proportion of teachers holding university degrees, according to this year's primary school profiles.
The profiles were released yesterday by the Committee on Home-School Co-operation, a government advisory body. They provide background information on nearly 800 primary schools. The committee published the profiles for the first time last August.
Logos Academy in Sai Kung, Fanling Assembly of God Primary School and Victoria English Primary School in Taikoo Shing - all non-elite schools - have the highest proportion, with all teachers holding degrees.
Also, 91 per cent of teachers at Po Leung Kuk Camoes Tan Siu Lin Primary School in Yau Ma Tei - another non-elite establishment - are degree holders.
Among elite schools, only 27 per cent of teachers at Holy Family Canossian School (PM) in Kowloon City are degree holders. The figures for Sacred Heart Canossian School (AM) and Sacred Heart (PM) in Mid-Levels are 26.2 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.
Meng Tak Primary School, a subsidised school in Chai Wan, has the lowest proportion of degree teachers at four per cent.
The chairman of the Primary Education Research Association, Paul Lee Kit-kong, said teachers at new schools were generally younger and more eager to engage in further study than their counterparts at elite schools.
"But teachers at elite schools are more experienced and these schools possess strong educational traditions," he said.
Meanwhile, 187 primary schools, about a quarter of the total, have disclosed details of pupils' academic performance in this year's profile.
The data includes the percentage of pupils allocated to secondary schools in their first three choices and the pupils' banding, under which they are ranked according to their academic results when deciding which secondary school they will go to.
Commission on Home-School Co-operation chairman Tik Chi-yuen said the Education Department allowed the schools to fill in these details on a voluntary basis.
"We note that more schools are willing to disclose this information in this year's profiles than last year," he said.
"Parents always wish to know more information about the schools' academic results while some schools have reservations about the disclosure."