Secretary for Education (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Secretary for Education

The Hon Eddie Ng

since 1 July 2012
Education Bureau
Style The Honourable
Appointer Central People's Government
nomination by Chief Executive
Inaugural holder Joseph Wong
Secretary for Education and Manpower
Michael Suen
Secretary for Education
Formation 1 July 1997
1 July 2007
Website EDB

The Secretary for Education (Chinese: 教育局局長) is a principal official in the Hong Kong Government, who heads the Education Bureau (EDB). The current office holder is Eddie Ng.


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 holders

Colonial period

Secretary for Education and Manpower
Before POAS was introduced

After transfer of the sovereignty to People's Republic of China

Name Took office Left office
Secretary for Education and Manpower
Joseph Wong July 1, 1997 July 3, 2000
Fanny Law July 3, 2000 June 30, 2002
Arthur Li July 1, 2002 June 30, 2007
Secretary for Education
Michael Suen July 1, 2007 June 30, 2012
Eddie Ng July 1, 2012 Incumbent

See also

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