Hong Kong education official arrested over accessing database for details on son’s secondary school placement

a sign above a store: The exterior of the Independent Commission Against Corruption headquarters in North Point. Photo: Felix Wong

The exterior of the Independent Commission Against Corruption headquarters in North Point. Photo: Felix Wong

A Hong Kong education official has been arrested and charged by the city’s graft-buster over the dishonest use of his department’s computer system to obtain information about his son’s secondary school placement.

Education Bureau employee Pang Wai-kit, 57, was charged with 10 counts of accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent, and will appear in Kwun Tong Court on Monday.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) alleged that the education official, who was posted to the School Places Allocation Section, had obtained access to the bureau’s Education Information System, which carried the Secondary One Allocation database for internal assessment results in relation to his son’s secondary school placement.

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