Secondary school teachers advised to avoid solo outings and return to hotel by 10.30pm during Mainland learning tour

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25th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) A male secondary school teacher who recently participated in a Mainland learning tour for newly employed teachers encountered difficulties returning to Hong Kong with the group. Online rumours have also circulated regarding restrictions imposed by the Education Bureau on participants’ evening activities during the said mainland learning tour. The Education Bureau responded today (25th) clarifying that, in general, the learning tour activities conclude around 5pm each day, allowing participants the freedom to engage in personal activities and have meals. However, to maximise opportunities for team bonding and mutual support, the Education Bureau recommends that participants avoid going out alone after classes. Furthermore, participants are reminded to return to the hotel by 10.30pm, as this is intended to ensure adequate rest and preparation for the following day’s learning activities.

The Education Bureau stated today that the recommendation to avoid solo outings after classes aims to promote team communication and mutual support. Before the departure of the study group, the Education Bureau holds briefing sessions to provide detailed information about the activities, schedule, and important reminders, ensuring that teachers are adequately prepared and comply with the rules of the learning tour, so as not to impede the collective learning experience.

The Education Bureau further noted that accompanying personnel are arranged to provide timely support to the participants, ensuring the smooth progress of the learning tour. The Bureau regularly reviews and revises the content and arrangements of the learning tour, as well as updates relevant materials, to ensure that the training achieves its intended objectives.

According to the Education Bureau, generally, the learning tour activities conclude around 5pm each day, allowing participants freedom to engage in personal activities and have meals. However, to maximise opportunities for team bonding and mutual support, it is recommended that participants avoid going out alone after classes.

Regarding an incident that occurred during the mainland learning tour for newly employed teachers held from 8th to 11th May in Wuhan, where some participants were unable to return to Hong Kong with the group, the Education Bureau is currently handling the matter seriously and refrains from providing further comment at this stage.