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Church loses schools appeal

October 13, 2011

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The Catholic Church’s six-year constitutional challenge against the government’s school-management policy has ended in failure after the appeals court today rejected its final request for a judicial review. Responding to the judgment, the diocese issued a statement expressing disappointment and reiterated that it does not object to a management policy to increase accountability and transparency. But it objects to the government's version of management committees and argues that it would make it more difficult for school sponsoring bodies “to achieve their vision and mission in education.” Religious organizations can nominate the majority of management committee members, so religious activities in Catholic schools would not be affected, the court verdict said. The diocese, which runs about 200 government-aided primary and secondary schools, is the largest school-sponsoring body in Hong Kong.
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