Students have sent a complaint to the education chief about their teachers. The teachers in question called the police to stop students from taking photos at the campus gate on their last day.
Photos and videos of St Paul’s Secondary School students stuck at the school gate with two police officers have gone viral on social media since Thursday, the last day for the Form Six girls who will be on study leave for the HKDSE.
In the letter addressed to Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, the girls demanded apologies from the teachers involved, and additional sessions to take photos on campus.
“We gathered at the school gate mainly because all the students were dispersed by teachers when we were hoping to take pictures on campus to preserve memories after school,” the letter read.
The students admitted that although few students sat on the road curbs and railings for a while to take better photos, the teacher who called the police had never shown concerns for students’ safety.
“The teacher was only verbally threatening students to leave, and said they would report them to the police for blocking the street if they refused to leave,” they wrote, adding this contradicted the school statement which said the teacher called the police for help “out of concern for the students’ safety”.
According to the letter, former Form Six students were allowed to take photos on campus after school on their last day. But the tradition was suddenly ended by the school this year, and students were only told a day before their last day that teaching assistants would take class photos during lunch and after class instead.
“We suspect that we were deprived of the rights of our seniors [previous graduates] … because our academic performance was not as outstanding,” the letter read.