Former HK leader CY Leung launches legal bid to force government to reveal names of teachers caught up in protests

01-Oct-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A group founded by former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying wants to force the Education Bureau to reveal the names of teachers found guilty of professional misconduct in relation to last year’s civil unrest.

The organisation, 803 Funds Limited, filed an application for a judicial review at the High Court on Wednesday, after the education minister refused to provide the information. It is also demanding the names of the schools involved.

According to the application, which was directed at Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Leung’s group argued the bureau was erroneous in not providing the names.

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It also said the group had been demanding the details since February, but the bureau repeatedly declined to provide them.

The writ claimed not publicising the details would be against the rights or interests of parents and members of the public “to know the truth about what was going on in a school”.

Disclosure of misconduct would even have a “beneficial effect of encouraging the school and the teacher involved to make improvements”, it said.

In July, Leung, who is vice-chair of China’s top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said his group had written to the bureau demanding the information, and threatened legal action if it did not get what it wanted.

According to its website, 803 Funds was set up in August last year to go after anti-government protesters. The group has also been offering cash rewards to people who identify details of those involved in illegal acts during the protests.

Between June 2019, and June this year, the bureau has completed initial investigations in 180 of the 222 protest-related complaints involving teacher misconduct, with 117 believed to have been involved in wrongdoing.

Earlier this month, Leung also engaged in a war of words with Yeung, when he published a series of Facebook posts accusing the minister of evading his responsibilities, and refusing to publicise the names of convicted teachers and their schools.

In two rare rebuttals, the bureau said it had always dealt with teacher misconduct complaints seriously, and added that publicising names could be unfair to schools, especially if the teacher involved had already left their job.

The Post has contacted the Education Bureau for comment.


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