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Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers

Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers
香港教育工作者聯會
Founded13 April 1975; 49 years ago (1975-04-13)
Headquarters17/F, Bright Way Tower, 33 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon
Location
Members
42,000 (as of 2021)[1]
Key people
  • Wong Kwan-yu (President)
  • Chow Sai-yiu (Vice-president)
  • Wong Kam-leung (Chairman)
AffiliationsPro-Beijing
Websitewww.hkfew.org.hk
Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers
Traditional Chinese香港教育工作者聯會
Simplified Chinese香港教育工作者联会

Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (HKFEW) is a pro-Beijing teachers union in Hong Kong.[2][3][4] Established in 1975, it is currently the largest teachers union in Hong Kong, after the disbandment of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union. It was established to "rally teachers to adopt the position of 'loving Hong Kong and the Motherland'", as part of China's united front work in Hong Kong's educational sector.[4]

The trade union has some 42,000 members, as of 2021.[5] The incumbent president is Wong Kwan-yu, also the supervisor of HKFEW Wong Cho Bau Secondary School. Former presidents, Jasper Tsang and Cheng Kai-nam, were also leaders of The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), a pro-Beijing political party. Tsang and Cheng had built up relationships with pro-Beijing teachers and mobilized them to vote for DAB in legislative and district elections.[4] The HKFEW is said to play a crucial role in mobilizing pro-Beijing teachers to vote for like-minded candidates in the education functional constituency in the legislative council election.

The HKFEW, through its Hong Kong Patriotic Education Services Centre [zh] which received an annual funding of HK$13 million from the government, produced a 34-page booklet titled ‘Chinese Model National Conditions Teaching Manual [zh]’ for schools which extolled the virtues of the mainland government under its one-party communist rule.[6]

Views

In July 2022, Tang Fei, member of the HKFEW and also a Legislative Council member, argued that boys in school should have short hair because they supposedly "sweat more".[7]

Election performance

Legislative Council elections

Election Number of
popular votes
% of
popular votes
GC
seats
FC
seats
EC
seats
Total seats +/− Position
2021 0 1 1
2 / 90
Steady 6thSteady

See also

References

  1. ^ "香港教育界民主派工會教協被港府「割席」意味著什麼". BBC News 中文. bbc.com. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  2. ^ "教協、教聯和教評的「政治力量」角力 | 陳國權 | 立場新聞". 立場新聞 Stand News. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  3. ^ "行政長官出席香港教育工作者聯會四十周年聯歡晚宴致辭全文(只有中文)(附圖/短片)". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Lo, Sonny Shiu-Hing; Hung, Steven Chung-Fun; Loo, Jeff Hai-Chi (2019). China's New United Front Work in Hong Kong: Penetrative Politics and Its Implications. Springer. p. 316. ISBN 9789811384837. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  5. ^ "香港教育界民主派工會教協被港府「割席」意味著什麼". BBC News 中文. bbc.com. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Hong Kong schools get mainland propaganda". Asia Sentinel. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  7. ^ Ho, Kelly (23 July 2022). "Hong Kong school sector will see 'major shock' if complaint against ban on long hair upheld, teachers' group claims". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 25 July 2022.


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