By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The Government said it has acknowledged the concerns about the remuneration gap between public and private school teachers, and plans to increase support to private schools in the future education policy in a bid to minimise the loss of their teaching staff.
Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U told reporters after the Second Standing Committee at the Legislative Assembly that the Government will pay attention to how to strike a balance between the remunerations of teachers in private and public schools.
The Second Standing Committee is deliberating the draft bill concerning the career regime for non-tertiary public school teachers and teaching assistants, which the public question may widen public school and private school teaching staff’s salary levels.
Cheong U said in the future when the draft of the “Institutional Framework for Private School Teaching Staff” is in the legislative process or other education policy concerning support, training and allowances to private school teachers are being proposed, the Government will give a “corresponding consideration” on them in order to narrow the gap.
Yet, he stressed that it is unlikely to achieve a 100 percent balance due to the “substantial remuneration difference” between the two types of teaching staff in Macau at present.
Meanwhile, according to Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) director Sou Chio Fai, the draft bill of the “Institutional Framework for Private School Teaching Staff” has already completed after the second public consultation and is currently going through related legal proceedings.
Sou told reporters the Government need to continue to increase investment in the private school sector and at the same time the “Institutional Framework” will regulate at least how much of a private school’s revenue needs to be allocated to its teaching staff.
Also, private school teachers will be able to enjoy a professional development allowance.
“All these measures are to make this profession become more attractive in Macau,” Sou said.
On the other hand, the draft bill proposes a junior high school education qualification for teaching assistants. Sou Chio Fai admitted that there is “room to improve” and a “slight adjustment” will be made, possibility to raise it to senior high school.