The Education Bureau (EDB) designed a brand-new Life Planning Information Website (lifeplanning.edb.gov.hk) to provide a one-stop platform for students, teachers and parents to gather more comprehensive information on life planning education and career guidance so that schools can better support students in life planning. A spokesman for the EDB said today (November 22) that the website integrated information from the Life Planning Website, Career Information Website and Business-School Partnership Programme Website. Seven thematic corners are featured on the website, namely Careers Information, Studies, E-learning for Students, School Administration, Professional Development for Teachers, Parents and the Business-School Partnership Programme. The thematic corner of Careers Information provides up-to-date information on 240 positions in 21 traditional and emerging industries, which covers career prospects, entry requirements, pertinent training, and career ladders, as well as job-seeking advice including résumé samples, requisite skills in effective communication, proper appearance and attitudes for interviews. The website also provides details of up-to-date information about pursuing further studies in Hong Kong and overseas as well as details of various scholarships, including eligibility criteria and application methods. Learning and teaching resources related to life planning for teachers are provided as well. Moreover, a variety of videos of real stories are provided on the website so that students and parents can have a deeper understanding on life planning. Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to use the website to access up-to-date information on study and employment.
In response to an online circulation of a "press release" which stated that classes of all schools in the territory will remain suspended tomorrow (November 20), a spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) clarified that the so-called "press release" was entirely a fabrication. The bureau condemned such an act and called on members of the public to pay attention to the formal announcement to be issued by the EDB later.
The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, and the Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, met the media this afternoon (November 21). Following is the transcript of remarks from the media session:
Reporter: Mr Yeung, is there any plan for the Education Bureau (EDB) to clean the schools after the widespread use of tear gas? And also what is your view on the schools punishing the students who have taken part in some kind of blocking traffic at MTR stations? And also can I ask a question to you, Mr Cheung? Is the Government still adopting a waiting approach for the PolyU students to just come out because there are still about a hundred people inside after four days. So, is there any other thing the Government can do or will you just wait? And also what's your take on the US Congress passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act because it may be signed by the President? Thank you.
Secretary for Education: The Secretary for Food and Health and the Secretary for the Environment have clearly explained the impact of the tear gas on the environment at the LegCo yesterday. And we have advised the schools to follow the CHP (Centre for Health Protection)'s advice on how to clean the school environment. In case schools have difficulties or have resource difficulties, they could always contact the EDB for assistance, and we are happy to consider each case on a case-by-case basis.
The Education Bureau (EDB) reminded all kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability to resume classes tomorrow (November 25).
All primary schools, secondary schools and some special schools had resumed classes on November 20.
As the road and traffic conditions have not fully recovered, the EDB reminded students and parents to pay attention to traffic news and relevant announcements before leaving home for school. Schools are also advised to continue to adopt contingency measures according to school-based mechanisms and exercise flexibility in handling individual students' lateness or absence due to traffic problems.
If individual schools affected by social incidents need more time to prepare for class resumption, they may work out school-based contingency measures and notify parents as soon as possible. If individual schools are under special situations, they may also take the initiative to contact the bureau and appropriate support will be provided as necessary.
The EDB will continue to monitor the latest development and provide schools with timely advice and support.
Ends/Sunday, November 24, 2019
Issued at HKT 12:00