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Ombudsman invites public views on Education Bureau’s non-disclosure of the list of registered teachers

27 October 2014

The Ombudsman, Ms Connie Lau, today (27 October 2014) invites the public to send in views and/or information on the problem of the Education Bureau (“EDB”)’s non-disclosure of the list of registered teachers (“the List”).

 

From a complaint lodged by a group of students’ parents, the Office of The Ombudsman has learnt that EDB refuses all requests by members of the public for the List on the grounds that the List contains teachers’ personal data. The Office also notes recent media reports that some other parents’ groups and even teachers’ associations advocate EDB’s disclosure of the List so that the public, when in doubt, could check whether certain teachers are indeed registered.

 

In the light of the concern of those parents’ groups and teachers’ associations, The Ombudsman has initiated a direct investigation to identify room for improvement, if any, in respect of EDB’s practice of not disclosing the List.

 

To make the investigation complete, The Ombudsman now invites the public to send in relevant views and/or information to the Office of The Ombudsman by 27 November.

 

Address: 30/F, China Merchants Tower, Shun Tak Centre
168-200 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong
Fax: 2882 8149
Email: complaints@ombudsman.hk

 

 

Office of The Ombudsman
27 October 2014

 

 

According to the Education Ordinance, teachers have to apply to the Permanent Secretary for Education for registration. EDB, therefore, keeps the List.

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