The head of a school for students with behavioural problems says the school urgently needs to be moved to Tuen Mun, but a principal from another school doesn’t want that to happen. He says that the students are drug users and gangsters.
Yan Oi Tong Chan Wong Suk Fong Memorial Secondary School principal Choi Kwok-kwong doesn’t want the South Lantau school in his neighbourhood. He earlier labelled students with emotional and behavioural problems as drug users and gangsters, and as being sexually promiscuous.
But Tung Wan Mok Law Shui Wah School principal Paul Cheuk Tak-kan told Young Post that most students in their school have simple learning difficulties instead of such negative problems.
“They have problems with learning, so special needs schools like us are responsible for helping students integrate in society,” said Cheuk. “But our students don’t get the chance to understand what’s going on in society, because our school is far from the city. I hope we can move to Tuen Mun so students can learn more from the community by volunteering or doing sports with other schools.”
Cheuk also said that the learning environment at South Lantau’s campus was not good, considering that the school has not been refurbished for more than 50 years.
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“It’s not surprising that you won’t see any campus facilities like a library, a music room and a hall here, let alone electronic facilities,” said Cheuk. “While other schools are promoting e-learning, we are not evn connected to the internet.”
The school’s remote location also makes if very difficult for families to get involved if anything serious happens. “It’s very inconvenient for parents to visit our school. Ambulances may also take a long time to come to our school if any emergencies happen,” said Cheuk. “But moving to Tuen Mun is more convenient when it is close to hospitals or other community services.”
Although Choi issued the apology for selectively using descriptions of students with special needs from Education Bureau guidelines, he still said he is opposed to the relocation plan.
Yan Oi Tong’s school administration committee said on Sunday that the school had written to the bureau to ask for more consultation on the relocation plan.
“We express our deepest apology for incompletely citing the content of the bureau’s documents in the letter, leading to the public’s ... negative understanding,” it said.
The committee added that the school was willing to cooperate with different types of schools.
The plan to relocate Tung Wan Mok Law Shui Wah School from South Lantau has been passed by the Legislative Council’s panel on education last night.