The number of teachers who have left Hong Kong’s public and direct subsidy schools has risen by 70 per cent over the figure for the previous academic year, the latest figures from education authorities show.

At least 4,050 teachers, representing 7.6 per cent of the teaching workforce, have already left their jobs in the current school year, marking a 70 per cent increase from the 2,380 who quit the year before, the Education Bureau revealed on Wednesday.

The provisional dropout figure for the current school year is also a nearly twofold increase compared to four years ago.