Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said teaching positions will not be cut, despite an expected decline in the number of cross-border students in the new school year.

A new policy issued by the Shenzhen government in April allows Hong Kong students living in the Chinese city to study in public primary and secondary schools there.

Students crossing borders. File

Lam said it was a humane approach, eliminating the need for students to cross the border into Hong Kong attend classes every day. She said she believed some parents would welcome the new policy in the new school year.

“But it affected the student intake of some of our public schools – the situation has not been stabilised yet – the Education Bureau will continue to monitor and take relevant measures,” Lam said ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

Lam said although some schools expect to receive a smaller number of students, the manpower they were allocated in the 2017/18 school year – especially the number of teaching positions – will not be affected.

Carrie Lam. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

She said she wished to provided a stable and caring environment for students, teachers, parents and school principals.

“We will not cut your teaching positions immediately because you have fewer students and fewer classes, since I do not want to see instability,” she said. “We want to give schools a positive message.”

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.