Manifesto of IP Kin-yuen (Summary)

Safeguard the rights of teachers

  • Protect teachers’ rights

  • Resist political interventions

  • Stabilize teaching force

  • Raise professionalism

  1. Resist against political interventions, support teachers under oppression and scrutiny. Object to the amendment of the Codes of Aid to reduce teachers’ employment protection. Improve on complaints mechanisms. Amend the university ordinance of the tertiary institutions so as to increase the proportion of elected members of the Court/Council, and to ensure the independence and autonomy of universities.
  2. Establish a pay scale with full subsidy for kindergarten teachers in accordance with the Civil Servants Master Pay Scale, which ensures their work experience are recognized and reflected in salaries. Improve staffing of kindergarten teachers. Establish Curriculum Coordinator and Special Educational Needs Coordinator positions in kindergartens. Subsidize on-the-job training. Provides sick leave subsidies to kindergartens.
  3. Improve the class-teacher ratio. Reduce the number of teaching periods to ease the workload on teachers. Improve the support for integrated education. Increase the number of teachers and administrative staff in schools. Implement a sabbatical leave policy for teacher professional development.
  4. Increase the number of permanent teachers in primary and secondary schools and convert more contract teachers and teaching assistants to regular employments. Increase the number of supporting staff such as social workers, IT coordinators and administrative staff.
  5. Stop the abuse of using short-term contracts employments to replace vacant permanent teaching positions. Monitor the full implementation of ‘all-graduate teaching force” policy in primary and secondary schools. Increase middle-management positions in primary schools, improve the staff establishment of primary and special schools, including the management and frontline teachers. Defend the rights of teachers under Direct Subsidy and of private schools.
  6. Urge universities to lower the ratio of contracted teaching staff. Provide sufficient equipment and supplies for part-time teachers. Prevent the over-prioritization of research over teaching, provide a reasonable promotion system for teaching staff. Urge universities to provide more long-term and permanent positions for teaching staff.
  7. Enhance the planning of school places and establish long-term measures to stabilize the student intake process in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. Urge the government to completely stop the ‘closure of schools’ and strengthen their efforts to alleviate the problem of surplus teachers.
  8. Follow up on cases involving EDB’s erroneous disbursement of acting allowances to teachers. Urge the EDB to provide employees’ reimbursement insurance for prospective teachers and transferred teachers, as well as to provide a Block Insurance Policy for schools participating in the Kindergarten Education Scheme.
  9. Enhance democracy in the election process of the Board of Control of the Provident Fund. Strengthen the monitoring of the investment and management of the Fund. Urge EDB to provide a similar retirement protection plan for DSS and kindergarten teachers. Support the universal retirement protection plan. Fight for the cancellation of the offsetting mechanism of the MPF to protect staff’s retirement life.
  10. Urge the immediate establishment of a General Teaching Council, in which the teacher representatives should be elected by universal suffrage on a one-person-one-vote basis. Empower the General Teaching Council to handle matters in the profession such as teacher registration, and facilitate its development into an independent and autonomous professional arbitration organisation. Fight for the legislation of the right to collective bargaining so as to enable employers and employees to negotiate employment conditions.

Improve education policies

  • Small class teaching in secondary schools

  • Quality and free early childhood education

  • Increase the number of subsidized places in universities

  • Defend professionalism and autonomy

  1. Increase recurrent expenditure on the Education sector. Improve staff establishment of primary and secondary schools. Set up additional supporting staff including IT coordinators. Promote and encourage specialization of school librarians.
  2. Strengthen planning of primary, secondary, and kindergarten student intake processes. Implement, soonest possible, small-class teaching (25 students per class) in secondary schools. Maintain the district-based reduction of allocation of class sizes. Further reduce the number of students per class in primary schools. Extend the retention period of surplus teachers. Reinitiate the School Improvement Programmes.
  3. Increase the unit cost of early childhood education by subsidizing whole-day and half-day kindergartens in full. Increase support towards child care centers. Improve staff establishment in kindergartens. Support integrated education in kindergartens and enhance social work and guidance services.
  4. Bring attention to the adverse competition brought about by the ‘Competitive Allocation’ mechanism. Advocate to raise the quality of self-financing post-secondary education. Reform vocational education. Review of the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance and its registration procedures. Follow up on the usage and asset injection situation of research funds and hostel development funds.
  5. Object to political intervention towards curriculum development and assessments. Be wary of brainwashing National Education. Promote quality moral and civic education. Defend the freedom of speech and institutional autonomy. Review the management structure of universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), in which the Chief Executive should not be the university Chancellor. Increase the transparency of the UGC’s resource allocation.
  6. Call for Primary 3 TSA (Territory-wide System Assessment) to be conducted on a sampling basis, TSA should be fully abolished if the consequent pressure continues. Review the implementation of full day primary school policy, streamline primary school curriculum and support STEM education. Improve class-teacher ratio in primary schools, provide regular social worker and student guidance teacher posts.
  7. Increase the unit cost per student in integrated education. Encourage the specialization of SEN cares in mainstream schools. Promote all Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCo) to senior level. Increase the ratio of educational psychologists and introduce occupational therapy services in mainstream schools. Strengthen training of teachers towards related issues.
  8. Reduce the number of students per class in special schools and expand teacher establishment. Polish the review, referral, and returnee mechanisms between mainstream and special schools. Increase the training quotas of educational psychologist as well as speech and occupational therapist. Improve the campuses and the facilities of special schools.
  9. Improve class-teacher ratio in secondary schools. Uphold Liberal Studies as a core subject, explore improvements of IES, modification of curriculum and assessment must only be based on professional considerations. Simplify school-based assessment. Review applied learning curriculum. Broaden multiple pathways for secondary school leavers.
  10. Set up a ‘Chinese as a Second Language’ curriculum for non-Chinese speaking students and provide special assessments to cater SEN students’ needs. Subsidize the purchase of computers and internet access for poorer families, as well as to improve the general subsidies for children from low-income families. Fight for the reduction of textbook prices. Promote the development of all-round education. Encourage students to take interest in societal issues.

Participate in social affairs

  • Democracy and human rights

  • Environmental protection

  • Welfare for the middle-class

  • Assist the elderly and those in need

  1. Defend human rights and the rule of law. Respect ‘One-country, two systems’. Safeguard the independence of the judiciary, freedom of the press, the natural rights and human rights. Urge Chinese government to cease their unreasonable intervention into Hong Kong’s internal affairs in order for ‘One-country, two systems’ to function properly. Fight for the “Five Demands”: support the formation of an independent inquiry committee and investigate police-related complaints during the anti-extradition legislation incident.
  2. Watch out for any attempts of the government to restart legislation of Article 23 of the Basic Law. Object to the enactment of any legislation which prejudices the basic rights and freedom of Hong Kong people.
  3. Promote democracy. Urge the government to restart the constitutional reform program to implement universal suffrage of the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council elections as soon as possible.
  4. Reduce the overall tax burden on the middle-class, increase tax allowances for dependent parents, dependent children and self-education. Expand the coverage of legal aid for the middle class, irrespective of their financial position.
  5. Attend to the housing and retirement benefits of teachers, including financial support for medication and medical protection for the middle class.
  6. Strengthen efforts on poverty alleviation and face squarely the problem of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) youths. Object to the importation of foreign labour. Fight for standard working hours. Protect the rights of labour. Fight for the implementation of a universal retirement protection system.
  7. Monitor and stop unhealthy trends of gambling, pornography, drug abuse and violence. Strengthen media literacy education.
  8. Urge the vindication of the June 4 Incident. Attend to the conditions of democracy and human rights in the mainland China. Promote prosperity and progress of the country.
  9. Face squarely the problem of global environmental pollution. Protect the environment and promote green living.
  10. Attend to regional issues related to Hong Kong, especially those relating to political and economic relations in Asia. Strengthen international interactions, step up exchanges with teachers’ unions in other territories, attend international conferences on education and support other teachers’ unions across the globe.