Hong Kong records lowest turnover of native English-speaking teachers since pandemic

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12th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The turnover rate among native English-speaking teachers (NETs) in Hong Kong’s schools has significantly declined, reaching the lowest levels in a decade following the lifting of all pandemic-related travel restrictions. According to recent data presented to the Legislative Council, the attrition rate in primary schools has halved from 18% in the 2021-22 academic year to 9% last year. Secondary schools similarly reported a reduction from 16% to just 7%.

This marked improvement returns the primary school turnover rate to levels last seen in the 2015-16 academic year, and sets a new record low for secondary schools since the 2013-14 academic year. The Education Bureau attributes this positive trend to the restored ease of travel and the attractiveness of the remuneration package offered to NETs, which includes competitive salaries and various fringe benefits.

Currently, the scheme, initiated in 1998, employs around 800 NETs across Hong Kong schools, ensuring a dedicated native English-speaking teacher in every institution. This stability is crucial as the city continues to navigate the post-pandemic educational landscape, aiming to maintain a high standard of English education amidst fluctuating global conditions.