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Curriculum change supported

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today welcomed the Baptist University’s move to incorporate national security education in their curriculum, saying it is educators’ duty to promote national security education.   Making the remarks today, Mr Yeung said: “I think this is in accordance to the National Security Law because Article 10 requires all the schools including universities to promote national security education in their schools.”   He added that he believes the higher education institutions are adopting their own approaches in this cause.   “Our requirement is for all these educational institutions to follow the Hong Kong National Security Law, the requirements under the Article 10.”   When asked about a teacher’s comment concerning an athlete’s attire during an Olympic competition, Mr Yeung stressed that the whole community should support the Hong Kong team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.   “So far I think the relevant persons have already made a clarification about

Budget helps ease people’s burden

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said she supports the measures in the 2021-22 Budget aiming at easing the financial burden on people and businesses.   Mrs Lam said the Financial Secretary delivered the Budget at a critical time for Hong Kong as the city strives to emerge from the unprecedented financial, economic and social challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining fiscal stability.        “I support the counter-cyclical measures announced in the Budget aiming at easing the financial burden on people and businesses while ensuring that essential public services as well as infrastructure development are maintained.”   She noted that apart from providing relief in terms of tax and rates, and extra allowances for social security and working family allowance recipients, the Budget proposed to issue $5,000 electronic consumption vouchers to Hong Kong permanent residents and new arrivals aged 18 and above.   “I believe the impact of this initiative will be felt throughout the community during these testing times, and help stimulate local consumption which has been severely dampened because of the epidemic.”        Mrs Lam also said the goal of Hong Kong achieving carbon neutrality before 2050 announced in the 2020 Policy Address has been given due regard in the Budget, adding that the continued issue of green bonds and promotion of new energy transportation will go a long way towards that objective.   The Financial Secretary has placed green and sustainable finance and the digital economy at the forefront of Hong Kong's continued pursuit to consolidate and strengthen its role as an international financial centre with the full support of the central government, she said.        The Chief Executive added the Budget has put forward effective measures to ensure prudence in public finance, which will enhance confidence in Hong Kong's fiscal strength and is conducive to maintaining the city’s monetary stability.   Mrs Lam appealed to members of the Legislative Council and society to support the 2021-22 Budget proposals to facilitate their early implementation.  
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