Confucian Tai Shing Primary School to close as many teachers express discontent with board’s attitude, vowing to stay until the end

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Confucian Tai Shing Primary School

11th July 2024 – (Hong Kong) After more than six decades of educational service, Confucian Tai Shing Primary School announced it will cease operations, marking a poignant moment for staff and students alike. The decision was communicated by the school supervisor, Tong Wai-lun, during a press conference that left many teachers visibly distraught.

The closure, scheduled for the 2026/27 academic year, follows the school’s decision to stop admitting new students from the 2025/26 year. In response, the governing body has allocated approximately HK$6 million to assist with student transitions to other local schools. Students relocating will also benefit from a HK$10,000 educational grant.

During a meeting held at 5 PM yesterday, emotions ran high among the teaching staff. Reports indicate that multiple teachers expressed dissatisfaction with Tong’s demeanor, describing his responses as dismissive and his overall attitude as unsympathetic. Mok Yuen-shan, the head of the Chinese department with over a decade of service, noted, “Crying does not mean we are unprofessional. It reflects our deep connection to our students and the school.”

Despite assurances from the governing body that it would prioritize the employment of Tai Shing’s teachers in other schools within the Confucian network, skepticism remains. “Such promises are impractical as most of us hold primary education diplomas,” Mok argued, pointing out a lack of understanding about their professional capabilities.

Leung Yat-for, a principal with six years at Tai Shing, shared his concerns about the implications of the school’s closure on both students and staff. “Our efforts were to ensure enrollment, but now we are tasked with sending our students elsewhere,” he explained, his voice breaking with emotion. “Imagine the trauma when students return in September to find all new teachers.”

This significant change not only affects the teachers who have chosen to stay until the end but also challenges the legacy of a school that, despite claims of being the weakest in the Wong Tai Sin district, has seen considerable student success and accolades, including a notable 35% of students being placed in top-tier secondary schools.