PTU News (extract #703) (2020.03.09)

Schools in Face of Epidemic

Since the government announced the extension of the Chinese New Year holiday on 25th January, Ip has been receiving feedback from principals and teachers of all levels of schools, from universities to kindergartens. The comments concern the lack of masks and disinfectants on campus, the impact on all levels of examinations, financial and operational difficulties faced by schools and so on……
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PTU President Fung Wai-wah is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) of City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Having taught Social Work in post-secondary institutions for more than 30 years, he notes that the tertiary education sector, self-financing institutions in particular, are confronted a situation direr than SARS in face of coronavirus……
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52,000 candidates have been gearing up for DSE this year, which was scheduled to commence in late March. The Education Bureau proposed earlier two options, one being the postponement of all the written papers for four weeks, which means the examinations would take place from 24th April to 25th May. Practical examinations of Physical Education and Music would be postponed to late May to mid June……
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Technology and online teaching have been a hot topic amongst teachers. Are teachers ready to become influencers with the epidemic? PTU Executive Committee member Wong Mo-Yee has been teaching at primary schools for more than ten years. Rather than technology, she is concerned with her relationship with students. In these bleak times, she must care for her students more than ever……
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The Education Bureau announced last Thursday (20th February) its plan to provide kindergartens with subsidies in face of their financial difficulties. Kindergartens that have 33 or fewer students would receive a subsidy of $120,000 if they are long whole-day kindergartens and a subsidy of $100,000 if they are whole-day kindergartens. Kindergartens that have more than 33 students would receive a subsidy of $160,000 if they are long whole-day kindergartens……
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