Education Commission ‘Re-balancing’ in a Week of Education Appointments; Former police commissioner reappointed as head of country parks watchdog.
A Week of Education Appointments: Education Commission ‘Rebalancing’, Curriculum Development and Home-School Co-operation.
Dr Fung Wai-wah (馮偉華), Senior Lecturer of the School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong, was appointed as a non-official member to the Education Commission (EC) for a two-year term with effect from September 1, 2015.
Dr Fung is the current president of the pro-democracy Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU). Earlier in July, the pan-dems were accusing the Government of breaking the norm that there should be a political balance inside the education watchdog as the No.2 of the HKPTU, Mr Wong Hak-lim (黃克廉), was not offered a new term while Chairman of the leftist Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, Mr Tang Fei (鄧飛) has been re-appointed. Adding more flavour to the appointment is the fact that Dr Fung is an active player in the political scene, acting once as the convenor of the Alliance for Universal Suffrage formed by the pan-dems group.
Also in the Education Commission is Mr Henry Tong Sau-chai (湯修齊), who was reappointed as Chairman of the Home-School Co-operation. Tong is a CPPCC member and was flanked by the loyalist Alliance for Peace and Democracy during the Occupy Movement.
Meanwhile, the Government announced the reappointment of renowned theoretical physics scholar, Professor Kenneth Young (楊綱凱) as Chairperson of the Curriculum Development Council along with nine new members, namely Ir Eric Chan Sze-yuen (陳思源), Ms Chung Po-loi (鍾寶來), Ms Kwok Kam-lin (郭金蓮), Mr Lau Kwok-leung (劉國良), Mr David Leung Yiu-fai (梁耀輝), Professor Joshua Mok Ka-ho (莫家豪教授), Dr Poon Po-chiu (潘步釗博士), Ms Grace Pow Kar-po (鮑家寶), Mr Teddy Tang Chun-keung (鄧振強), Ms Wat Ka-man (屈嘉曼), Ms Ayse Wong Oi-sze (王凱斯)and Ms Phyonne Wong (黃玉蘭).
Former police commissioner reappointed to lead Country and Marine Parks Board.
The Government reappointed former police commissioner Mr Tang King-shing (鄧竟成) as chairman of the Country and Marine Parks Board (CMPB) for a period of two years with effect from September 1, 2015. The Government also appointed six new members and reappointed 14 incumbent members.
The CMPB was established to advise the Country and Marine Parks Authority on the policy and programmes in respect of country parks and special areas, as well as marine parks and marine reserve.