2001．第29卷第1期（Vol. 29 No. 1）．pp. 137156
Tai Po Vernacular Normal School (19261941):The Pioneer of Basic Education in the New Territories
The Tai Po Vernacular Normal School (TVNS) was established in 1926 by the Hong Kong Government to train qualified primary school teachers for the then backward New Territories. Together with the Normal Division of the Vernacular Middle School (192640) and the Vernacular Normal School for Women (19201941) as well as the Vernacular Teachers' Classes of the Evening Institute (19351941, 19451950) in the Hong Kong Island, the four teacher training institutes supplied the majority of qualified Chinese teachers in Hong Kong prior to the Japanese occupation of the territory in December 1941. A total of 15 classes graduated from the TVNS during its 16 years' existence. Practically all of the graduates and those who once studied and finally left the school without teacher's certificates, assumed teaching positions in the New Territories and consequently made a significant contribution to the improvement of basic education in the region. This paper, using documentary sources and information obtained from interviews with some of the TVNS alumni aged between 77 to 88, constructs the history of this early teacher education institute and discusses the implications and experiences we can gain from the school's educational practice.