Elderly Teacher Scheme
* Interview of elderly teacher in Phoenix Perspective show cast on Phoenix Television, 2016
In July 2016, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, published their research findings on the average life expectancy of various countries around the world (FIG. 1). The data on the list shows that the longest life span of the average population happens in Hong Kong, whereas the average life expectancy among males and females are an estimation of 81.24 and 87.32 respectively. Simply put, the population in Hong Kong lives the longest.
FIG 1: Average life expectancy in different countries in 2015
According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong, there is a steady annual increase in number of the working population aged 65 or above (FIG. 2). The percentage of such elderly working population increases from 8% in 2013 to 10.3% in 2016, as surveyed on July to September in 2016. To be exact, this recent 10.3% accounts for a number of 110, 000 elderly workforce. Some predict that there will be more of a blurring line of the retiring age: upon reaching the age of 65, one may still choose to work and contribute to the society for good intentions.
FIG 2: Hong Kong: Age group of the working population
Dr. Hiroyuki MURADA in Smart Aging Research Centre, Tohoku University, Sendai Shi, Japan, reveals that the buying incentives among the elderly has no correlation with their assets in possessions in his publication Consumerism in an Ageing Society (超高齡社會的消費行為學). Interestingly, he further argues that the elderly spend according to their monthly income. In other words, if the elderly ever come up with a stable income, they will be spending and investing money back into the market to boost the overall economy to foster a win-win situation.
These observations shed light on this Elderly Teacher Scheme initiated by our founder and manager Mr. James FONG. Not only can retired elderly teachers make effective use of time under our Elderly Teacher Scheme, but they can also be of significant help to the next generation by teaching and enlightening them. Mr. Fong believes that both knowledge and possessions enact inline with each other: the longer one teaches, the more experienced one becomes, and needless to mention, time, duration and experience together form the very precious possession, as well as professionalism, of a teacher. Such is life in a sense that the elderly’s wisdom and experience never fails to guide and enlighten the next generation. Carry on, and the society will be so full of life and energy. This is part of our motto as well.
2. Elderly Teacher Scheme
The Elderly Teacher Scheme caters for the retired or “will be retiring” working population. Such workforce is very dedicated and energetic, and is eager to genuinely concern about the growth and development of the younger generation. The Elderly Teacher Scheme allows the elderly to realise their full potential to contribute to the society. Apart from an income, the elderly teachers under our scheme are also provided with various opportunities to interact with different people in our center and in schools, to share their life experience with students, and to discuss teaching methodology with our tutors and interns.
Our Elderly Teacher Scheme includes:
Teaching small classes of SEN (Special education needs) students
Provide guidance and counselling for the academic, growth and development of SEN students
To apply for elderly teacher
Our Elderly Teacher Scheme is suitable for the retired or who will be retiring very soon
No particular prerequisites on education, teaching experience or subjects to teach. Preferably retired or retiring teachers or university degree holders.
We offer part-time teaching duties with flexible working hours open for negotiation. Applicants can arrange their time.
Interested applicants could download the application form here. After filling in the form with an expected salary, earliest possible working date, and a soft copy of a full resume (preferably in doc, docx or pdf format) to our mailbox at
To teach SEN students in local primary and secondary schools / To advice on academic, personal growth, life planning and interest groups for mainstream students (Elderly teachers)
To prepare and compile teaching materials for SEN students in our center or various SEN centers / To assist the teaching in various primary and secondary schools (Elderly teaching interns)