2009年10月6日 Part I
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Employee's General Union
E-Newsletter 6 Oct 2009 Part I
|I AM a teacher…I am NOT a teacher?|
I AM a teacher…I am NOT a teacher?
Re-defining “teacher” in the CUHK
Definition of “Teacher” in the University
The proposed amendment:
Responding to CUEGU’s query, the University explained that when the definition was first drawn, there were only teachers of “Assistant Lecturer and above”. Instructor was a category yet to emerge. However, CUEGU observes that the University could have taken this opportunity of amendment to include Instructor in the definition. The fact that it has not done so implies an act not unintentional.
No Rights to Participate in Academic Decisions
This exclusion from the academic decision making bodies is a negation of Instructors’ professional contributions to the academic development of the students and of the University. Instructors are the group that teaches the largest share of courses, reaches the largest part of the student population. They are those who understand students’ learning needs best and probably those with the most teaching experience. Their forced absence from academic decision making is a slight to their contributions and dignity, and in the long run also the loss of all students.
1. Heavy Workload
2. Remuneration Worse than That for Secondary School
3. Dim Hope for Continuous Appointment
A Call for Rectification
It is Confucius’ teaching that “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success”. Giving Instructors a legitimate name is a solemn affair. It is a matter of professional dignity for these teachers. It is also a matter of whether or not the University does take teaching seriously. It all boils down to one question: How important are these dedicated professionals to CUHK?
While the University positions itself as a research university, it should recognize that good teachers are needed to educate students who may become good researchers. Teaching should never be considered a secondary and inferior profession. Those focusing on teaching and those on research are equally important to the University and thus should be treated as equals.
The Council will consider the proposed amendments of ordinance again in late October. Once approved, the proposal will be submitted to the Legco for endorsement and legislation. CUEGU would like to take this opportunity to urge the Council members to propose further amendment to the definition of “teacher” to include all the Instructors and to give Instructors their due status.
We also urge those who have views about this definition of “teacher” and about the Instructors’ status, salaries, and benefits in the University to contact us (email email@example.com) and to join the CUEGU (download application form: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/cuegu/application_eng.pdf), so we can join hands in our future endeavors.
Note: “Academic staff” being the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors, the Heads of the original Colleges and of Shaw College, the teachers (meaning Assistant Lecturer or above), the Librarian; and such other persons as the Council on the recommendation of the Senate may prescribe. (Statue 19)