Terms of Employment for Laboratory Technicians in Aided Schools
1. School's entering into a contract with a laboratory technician on appointment
The Management Committee of a school, on the appointment of a laboratory technician, should enter into a contract of service with him.
2. School's entering into a contract with a laboratory technician immediately after probation
The Management Committee of a school should enter into a contract with a laboratory technician immediately after his two years of probationary period, which shall not be subject to annual re-newal.
3. Terms of employment to be mentioned in the contract of service for the laboratory technician
(a) Probationary period
The duration of probation for a laboratory technician shall be two years or on completion of an approved Laboratory Technician Certificate Course, whichever is the longer.
(b) Termination of appointment during and after probationary period
(i) During probationary period
The appointment of a laboratory technician who is serving a period of probation shall be terminable by the giving of one month's notice in writing by the School Management Committee or by the laboratory technician.
(ii) After probationary period
The appointment of a laboratory technician who has satisfactorily completed a probationary period, shall be terminable by the giving of three months' notice in writing by the School Management Committee or by the laboratory technician.
The duty lists of the Laboratory Technician I and II/III are laid down in Attachments A and B respectively.
(d) Annual Leave
A laboratory technician, not being entitled to school holidays, may be granted not less than 22 days of paid leave on an annual basis during the major school holidays subject to mutual agreement between the school and the laboratory technician. The school should keep a record of such leave for every laboratory technician, showing such leave earned and taken. No replacement will be granted for the laboratory technician on such leave.
(e) Sick/Maternity Leave
A laboratory technician shall enjoy the same benefit as a teacher in an aided school with regard to sick leave and maternity leave and a supply laboratory technician shall be employed to substitute for the laboratory technician absent on account of sick leave or maternity leave for three days or more whether such leave be paid or unpaid.
4. Working experience counted for incremental purpose
Relevant laboratory technician experience in the universities and polytechnics, and in a caput or assisted private or bought-place school bound by contract since 1 September 1990, shall be accepted as recognized experience for incremental purpose in an aided secondary school.
5. Signing of an undertaking by the laboratory technician recommended to attend an approved Laboratory Technician Certificate Course
The laboratory technician who has been recommended to attend an approved Laboratory Technician Certificate Course shall sign an undertaking with the school by which he agrees to serve in the school for at least one year after completion of the course.
6. Direct appointment of Laboratory Technician II
Should there be a vacancy, it is permissible for the school to offer direct appointment of Laboratory Technician II to an appropriate applicant who is serving as Laboratory Technician II in another aided secondary school even under a different sponsoring body.