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Secretary for Education (Hong Kong)

The Secretary for Education is a principal official in the Hong Kong Government, who heads the Education Bureau (EDB). The current office holder is Kevin Yeung.

Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Secretary for Education
教育局局長
Regional Emblem of Hong Kong.svg
Kelvin Yeung Yun-hung.png
Incumbent
Kevin Yeung

since 1 July 2017
Education Bureau
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCentral People's Government
nomination by Chief Executive
Inaugural holderJoseph Wong
Secretary for Education and Manpower
Michael Suen
Secretary for Education
Formation1 July 1997
1 July 2007
WebsiteEDB
Secretary for Education
Traditional Chinese教育局局長

HistoryEdit

The position of Secretary for Education and Manpower was set up in 1983 when the old Education Department was restructured into the Education and Manpower Branch and Education Department, and the old position of Director of Education was split into SEM and Director of Education accordingly, with the latter reporting to the former.

Since the Principal Officials Accountability System (POAS) was introduced in 2002, the SEM, as all other secretary positions, is an ex officio member of the Executive Council (ExCo). The position is a political appointment, and its term expires when the Chief Executive leaves office.

Before the introduction of the POAS in July 2002, the SEM, as well as all other secretary-level positions, was a civil service position. The office holder was not a member of the ExCo. Before 1991, the office holders may be appointed by the Governor as ex officio member of the Legislative Council.

At the same time when the POAS was introduced in 2002, the responsibility of labour issues was transferred to the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, formerly Secretary for Economic Services.

According to the proposal tabled by Donald Tsang's administration after he was successfully re-elected as the Chief Executive, the manpower portfolio was transferred to the new Secretary for Labour and Welfare on 1 July 2007. The position of SEM was renamed Secretary for Education.

List of office holdersEdit

Political party:   Nonpartisan

Inspectors of Schools, 1862–1909Edit

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1   Frederick Stewart
史釗域
3 March 1862 6 March 1878 Sir Hercules Robinson
Sir Richard MacDonnell
(1866–1872)
Sir Arthur Kennedy
(1872–1877)
Sir John Hennessy
(1877–1882)
2   Ernest John Eitel
歐德理
7 March 1878 1897
Sir George Bowen
(1883–1885)
Sir William Des Voeux
(1887–1891)
Sir William Robinson
(1891–1898)
3   Arthur Winbolt Brewin
蒲魯賢
15 August 1897 1901
Sir Henry Blake
(1898–1903)
4   Edward Alexander Irving
伊榮
24 April 1901 7 April 1909
Sir Matthew Nathan
(1903–1907)
Sir Frederick Lugard
(1907–1912)

Directors of Education, 1909–1941Edit

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1   Edward Alexander Irving
伊榮
8 April 1909 7 February 1924 Sir Frederick Lugard
(1907–1912)
Sir Francis Henry May
(1912–1918)
Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs
(1919–1925)
2   Geoffrey Norman Orme
庵氏
1924 1926
Sir Cecil Clementi
(1925–1930)
3   Alan Eustace Wood
活雅倫
1926 1933
Sir William Peel
(1930–1935)
4   Norman Lockhart Smith
史美
1933 1934
5   Geoffrey Robley Sayer
佘義
1934 1938
Sir Andrew Caldecott
(1935–1937)
Sir Geoffry Northcote
(1937–1941)
6   Clifford George Sollis
梳利士
1938 1941
Mark Aitchison Young
(1941)

Directors of Education, 1946–1983Edit

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
7   Thomas Richmond Rowell
柳惠露
1946 1950 Sir Mark Aitchison Young
(1946–1947)
Sir Alexander Grantham
(1947–1957)
8   Douglas James Smyth Crozier
高詩雅
1950 28 April 1961
Sir Robert Brown Black
(1958–1964)
9   Peter Donohue
唐露曉
29 April 1961 20 February 1964 [1]
10   William David Gregg
簡乃傑
21 February 1964 5 June 1969 Sir David Trench
(1964–1971)
[2][3]
11   John Canning
簡寧
6 June 1969 1974 [3]
Sir Murray MacLehose
(1971–1982)
12   Kenneth Wallis Joseph Topley
陶建
1974 1983

Secretaries for Education and Manpower, 1983–1997Edit

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1   James Neil Henderson
韓達誠
1983 25 August 1986 Sir Edward Youde
(1982–1986)
[4]
2   R. G. B. Bridge
布立之
26 August 1986 1989 Sir David Wilson
(1987–1992)

[4]

3   Yeung Kai-yin
楊啟彥
1989 1991
4   John Chan
陳祖澤
1991 1993
Chris Patten
(1992–1997)
5   Leung Man-kin
梁文建
1993 1995
6   Joseph Wong
王永平
August 1995 30 June 1997

Secretaries for Education and Manpower, 1997–2007Edit

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Chief Executive Term Ref
1   Joseph Wong Wing-ping
王永平
1 July 1997 3 July 2000 3 years, 2 days Tung Chee-hwa
(1997–2005)
1
2   Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun
羅范椒芬
3 July 2000 3 June 2002 1 year, 362 days
3   Arthur Li Kwok-cheung
李國章
1 July 2002 30 June 2007 5 years, 0 days 2
Donald Tsang
(2005–2012)
2

Secretaries for Education, 2007–presentEdit

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Chief Executive Term Ref
1   Michael Suen Ming-yeung
孫明揚
1 July 2007 30 June 2012 5 years, 0 days Donald Tsang
(2005–2012)
3
2   Eddie Ng Hak-kim
吳克儉
1 July 2012 30 June 2017 5 years, 0 days Leung Chun-ying
(2012–2017)
4
3   Kevin Yeung Yun-hung
楊潤雄
1 July 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 111 days Carrie Lam
(2017–present)
5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 722 of 1961". Hong Kong Government Gazette. 103: 1089. 5 May 1961.
  2. ^ "G.N. 384 of 1967". Hong Kong Government Gazette. 106: 486. 21 February 1964.
  3. ^ a b "G.N. 1064 of 1969". Hong Kong Government Gazette. 111: 1162. 6 June 1969.
  4. ^ a b "G.N. 2930 of 1986". Hong Kong Government Gazette. 128: 3966, 4048. 29 August 1986.

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