Press Handout from League of Social Democrats and Rev. Bob Kraft concerning school situation.

暑假被逼返學 教局監管失責

大埔羅定邦中學上周辦夏令營,補習英語,為期五天,強逼中一同學全部參加,收費880元。該校家長指出,暑假難得與子女共度,不應強逼學生參加,而且費用過高,校方有圖利之嫌。
其中一名家長認為,校方強逼學生暑假上課,屬於侵犯學生和家長的人權,要求校方取消這類活動,但不得要領,連日來在該校門外抗議。
教育局官員答覆傳媒查詢說,家長有權選擇是否參加課外活動,要額外收費的活動就更有選擇權。又說,選擇不參加的家長,應該寫信向校方解釋理由。

不過,若說有真正的選擇權,就應該讓有興趣的人選擇參加,而不是强逼沒有興趣的人去解釋,就正如消費者面對電訊商的附加服務,是挑選喜愛的服務,而不是取消不喜愛的服務,還要另加書面解釋。
現在校方要家長解釋為何不參加,便是強逼,便是剝奪家長和學生的選擇權。
而且強逼學生參加暑期活動,本身違反了教育則例,教育局從傳媒得悉了,不單不去阻止,還去袒護校方。
校方又說,家長可以申請資助,去支付該項暑期活動。既然是運用到公帑,校方更加要慎行,教育局就更加要加強監察。

我們認為:1. 根據教育則例,在暑假期間同學不應該被逼上課。暑期課外活動,同學有權選擇,不合適的不參加毋須解釋;2. 校方應安排學生、家長、老師三方面共同計劃暑期活動,以至一般教學問題,以及3. 教育局應該加強監察各校暑期活動的安排,尤其不能讓校方違反教育則例,強逼同學暑假期間上課。

身邊這位家長Kraft牧師,一家人的母語是英語,現在竟然要強逼他的女兒練習英語,不去的話要書面解釋,足見校方/局方的荒謬。

社會民主連線
2013年8月7日

It is a violation of a human right for a parent to not be responsible for their own children and the Education Bureau is the authority.

The school requires mandatory attendance over the summer holiday.  A letter may be written to opt out of the mandatory course with a letter of explanation provided to the school.

I fear this then may lead to mandatory attendance on other holidays such as Chinese New Year or even attendance at camps where National Education is taught, such as occurs in the PRC.

My daughter, age 11 who speaks fluent English is required to attend a 5 day English camp, pay money for the course and miss 5 days of her holiday time with her father and brother, despite my request that the school not sign her up.

A website has been set up to bring educational Questions and Answers for Hong Kong at www.humanrightchild.org.  Within 2 weeks of beginning 3,770 are following the blog.

The site promotes freedom of speech, freedom of thought and freedom of media and freedom to public assembly.  We follow civil rights leader Martin Luther Kings Jr. wise words and will have teaching over the Internet and in public meetings on civil rights for students.  Freedoms and Civil rights are not trained to school age children in Hong Kong.

Contact:
Bob Kraft
Tai Po
Telephone: 92162532
http://www.humanrightchild.org\
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Humanrightchildorg\

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