As the epidemic has shown signs of subsiding recently, both parents and students are concerned about the resumption of classes and the arrangement of home study. Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, JP, Secretary for Education, announced on August 31 that kindergartens will resume classes in phases from September 23. Yeung mentioned that kindergartens will resume face-to-face classes in two phases. The first phase will resume face-to-face classes for K3 from September 23 (Wednesday); and the second phase is September 29, face-to-face classes will be resumed for K1 and K2.
Parents who want to apply for a Primary One (P1) place in a government or aided school for their children in September next year under the Primary One Admission (POA) System can obtain the application form or download it from the Education Bureau (EDB) homepage from Wednesday (September 2) until September 25. A spokesman for the EDB said today (August 31), "All Hong Kong children born on or before December 31, 2015, are eligible to join the POA System for admission to P1 in September 2021 provided they have not attended any primary schools and have never been allocated a P1 place. "Parents of children who are attending kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres may obtain the application form, explanatory notes on how to complete the application form and a POA information leaflet from their kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres. For parents of children not attending kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres, the documents can be obtained from District Offices (Home Affairs Enquiry Centres) and the EDB's Regional Education Offices and School Places Allocation Section." Parents who are unable to apply in person or authorise a representative may arrange to submit the application form with photocopies of supporting documents to the school by post between September 21 and 25 (the postmark date should not be later than the prescribed deadline). The school will arrange for parents to submit the original copies of the supporting documents to the school for verification on or before November 2, 2020. After verifying the corresponding documents, the school will return the copy of the application form with the school chop to parents for records.
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.