EDUCATION BUREAU CIRCULAR MEMORANDUM NO. 39/2016
From: Secretary for Education
To: Supervisors/Heads of all government, aided and caput secondary schools and special schools with secondary classes
Date: 22 March 2016
Arrangement of the Provision of Laboratory Technicians in the 2016/17 School Year
This circular memorandum is to inform all government, aided and caput secondary schools and special schools with secondary classes of the arrangement of the provision of laboratory technicians in the 2016/17 school year. Schools are requested to bring this circular memorandum to the attention of their staff.
2. According to EDB Circular Memorandum (EDBCM) No. 140/2008, the provision of laboratory technicians for the transitional period from the 2009/10 to 2011/12 school years would be frozen at the level of the 2008/09 school year. The EDBCM No. 46/2012 further promulgated that the frozen arrangements of the provision of laboratory technicians as stipulated in the EDBCM No. 140/2008 was extended to 31 August 2016. To align with the latest development of the ongoing renewal of the school curriculum, the frozen arrangements of the provision of laboratory technicians as stipulated in the above-mentioned EDBCM will be further extended to 31 August 2017.
3. The provision of laboratory technicians in the 2016/17 school year will continue to be frozen at the level of the 2008/09 school year. As for schools with reduction in the number of classes due to under-enrolment during the frozen period from the 2009/10 to 2016/17 school years, the territory-wide average of laboratory technician establishment per operating class in the 2008/09 school year would be used as the basis to calculate the establishment of laboratory technician to be reduced. In any case, at least one laboratory technician will be provided for phasing-out schools to handle the relevant work for the school’s remaining year(s) of operation. The provision and job duties of laboratory technicians after the 2016/17 school year will be updated. Notwithstanding the above, the specific provision of laboratory technicians for special schools for children with hearing impairment or visual impairment in respect of the duties as prescribed in the Code of Aid for Special Schools remains unchanged.
4. For enquiries about the circular memorandum, please contact the Science Education Section of the Education Bureau on 3698 3439.
Stephen YW YIP
for Secretary for Education
Heads of Sections )
Supervisors/Heads of secondary schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme ) for information