School union says principal in funds row to stay on

Local | Sophie Hui 15 Apr 2019

The principal of a school embroiled in a misappropriation of funds controversy will stay on for two more years, says a teachers' union.

The Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union quoted sources as saying the principal will keep her role at Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School until August 2021.

Joyce Sit Fung-ming was accused of mishandling school funds by putting them into a teacher's personal bank account for seven years after the media brought the affair to light in October.

The HK$2.87 million was said to have been collected for study trips to Australia.

The school uploaded an abstract of the report by an independent investigation panel on its website on Thursday, while the Education Bureau also said it has referred complaints about the school's alleged misappropriation of funds to a law enforcement agency.

However, the union criticized the report for being full of subjective feelings and evading crucial issues. It added that the investigation panel also reached conclusions without providing objective facts.

The union said it received complaints from more than 10 teachers in 2017, and wrote to the Education Bureau about them in December that year.

Education-sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, who is also the union's vice-president, said he learned that when the bureau was conducting the investigation, some of the school's managers blamed those teachers who made complaints.

He also said the incorporated management committee requested that the teacher, parent and alumni managers not to attend the meeting since important matters were being discussed.

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