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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 26/06/2015

   

CDNIS Students and Alumni Send Open Letters to EDB, IBO, Ontario Ministry of 
Education, the Canadian Consulate and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce 
Calls for Apology and External Investigations into School Governance and Administration 
 
 
Hong  Kong  ­ 26  June: Today, an independent group of students and alumni of the Canadian International School of Hong 
Kong  (CDNIS)  published  10  open   letters  expressing  grave  concerns  regarding  the  School’s  current  administrative  and 
governance issues. 
 
Addressed  to  the  Education  Bureau  (EDB),  International  Baccalaureate  Organization  (IBO),  Ontario   Ministry  of  
Education,  Consulate General  of  Canada  in  Hong  Kong  and  Macau,  and Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 
the  letters  call  for a  public  apology  from the  School  to  the CDNIS community  for  the  poor handling  of  the dismissals  of  
nine teachers and one staff member on 11 June 2015. 
 
The  cover  letter,  written  by  the  newly  graduated   Class  of  2015,  comments  on   the  damaging  manner  in  which  the 
terminations were conducted on 11 June: 
 
“The  sudden  news  of  staff terminations, the overt  issuance of these notices, and the  subsequent visible  presence of 
security  guards  caused  notable  distress  among  the   student  body.  Students  and  teachers  were  in  tears;  it  was  a 
scene that was completely unprecedented in its emotional impact.” 
 
The  10  letters  published  were  each  written   by  groups  of  concerned  students  and  alumni  from  10  classes.  In  light  of 
CDNIS’s  inability  to  uphold  the pedagogical  values  mandated  by  the  EDB,  and  the  educational  systems which  authorize 
CDNIS  to  grant  IB  Diploma  and  Ontario  Secondary  School  Diploma   (OSSD)   ­  the  IBO  and  the  Ontario  Ministry  of 
Education  ­  these  letters  argue that thorough external investigations into the School’s governance and administrative issues  
must be conducted in order to rebuild the school community. 
 
As  an  example,  the  letters  argue  that  the  values of  the  IBO  have  not  been  upheld  in  recent  administrative  behaviour,  as 
demonstrated below: 
 
“Given  that  leadership  includes the  promulgation  and  exemplification of  the  IB  Learner  Profile,  we  cannot help 
but  question  the  extent  to which  our  current  governing  body  is able to uphold these principles, particularly given 
the severe lack of transparency that has accompanied many of its central decisions over the past academic year.” 
 
The  letters  also  draw  attention  to  the  potential  decline  of  educational  quality  starting  from  the  next  academic  year as  a 
result  of  the  lack  of  administrative   transparency,  fragmentation  of  the  school  community,  and  the  rapid  deterioration  of 
stakeholder morale, and further question the validity of the current leadership.  
 
The  letters  follow  numerous  troubling   events   in  the  Wong  Chuk  Hang   school  during  the  2014­2015  academic  year, 
including  the controversial  appointment  of  the  new  Head  of School, Dr. Gregg Maloberti,  the dismissal and resignation of 
two  Lower  School  principals  in  March   respectively,  and  most  recently  the   terminations  of  nine  teachers  and  one  staff 
member. 
 
In conclusion, the letters call for the external organizations’ help in  restoring CDNIS to a path of stability and unity through 
realignment with the values of respect and discourse. 
CDNIS Student Alumni Forum 
studentalumniforum@gmail.com 
26 June 2015 


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