Law Compliance Seminars for Diocesan Schools
To raise the awareness of prevention of bribery and acceptance of advantages among school management and teachers at work, as well as the promotion of integrity and compliance in administration, the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission has invited Dr. Ho Kam Ming, a practising attorney in Macau, to deliver a series of seminars on popularising law compliance in the form of school-based training for the staff members of all Diocesan schools. Dr. Ho is a registered attorney of the Associação dos Advogados de Macau and holds a PhD degree in Intellectual Property Law from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a Master's degree in Economic Law and three Bachelor's degrees respectively in Public Administration, Business Administration and Law. He has formerly held various public positions in the judicial systems of the local Government before and after the handover. He is currently council member or supervisor of various local organisations, as well as legal advisor to various associations and schools, and incumbent member of the school managing committees of Colégio Diocesano de São José Quinto Edifício (C.D.S.J.5) and Colégio Diocesano de São José Sexta Escola (C.D.S.J.6).
Nine seminars were held between late October 2020 and early February 2021 at Escola São Paulo (E.S.P.), Colégio Diocesano de São José Sexta Escola (C.D.S.J.6), Escola de Santa Madalena, Escola Dom João Paulino (E.D.J.P.), Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus, Colégio Diocesano de São José (C.D.S.J. 1-4) and Colégio Diocesano de São José Quinto Edifício (C.D.S.J.5). In each seminar, Dr. Ho gave a brief introduction to the legal responsibilities of school personnel and measures to prevent corruption in schools, and then explained the legislative intent, scope and penalties for accepting and offering bribes according to the local law “Prevention and Suppression of Bribery in the Private Sector”. The speaker also gave advices on how to deal with conflicts of interest in daily work, as well as a brief introduction to the more important provisions of the “Statute of Non-Tertiary Private Schools” that will soon come into effect.
The questions asked during each session focused mainly on the lawful handling of acceptance of benefits in the context of duties and responsibilities, and Dr. Ho provided detailed answers or suggestions to each question with his professional knowledge and experience. Few teachers expressed that the serminar provided them an in-depth understanding of the law concerning integrity and could remind themselves and their colleagues of the importance law compliance in their daily duties. The Diocesan Commission for Catholic Education expects the organization of training seminars for the Diocesan schools can help schools cultivate more teaching talents with integrity, so as to promote long-term development of the schools.