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Civil Aid Service holds parade

The Civil Aid Service (CAS) held the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and CAS 70th Anniversary Parade today at the Police College.   Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki officiated at the ceremony and acted as the reviewing officer for the parade.   To demonstrate national identity and patriotic sentiment for the motherland, the CAS has fully adopted from today, the Chinese-style foot drill that requires exacting standards, and demonstrated the drill's protocols for the first time in the parade.   As an auxiliary force under the Security Bureau, the CAS has been honouring the pledge of "provide emergency relief, serve the community" and has been rendering immediate assistance during emergencies to protect Hong Kong citizens.   During the COVID-19 epidemic, the CAS has remained steadfast on the front line of the anti-epidemic operations by rapidly assisting in setting up a number of community isolation faci

TSA 2021 to be suspended

The Education Bureau today announced that the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) 2021, including all speaking and pen-and-paper assessments, will be suspended.   It said the decision was made in view of the volatility of the COVID-19 epidemic, adding the arrangement will facilitate schools to make the most out of the remainder of the current school year to conduct face-to-face lessons.   The bureau will collaborate with the Hong Kong Examinations & Assessment Authority and Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) again to roll out the Gainful Use of Territory-wide System Assessment 2021 Materials arrangement.   It will enable schools to make the best use of the TSA materials already prepared and consolidated by the authority with the original pen-and-paper mode or the online assessment mode provided on the Student Assessment Repository (STAR) platform, so as to understand the learning situation of students under the epidemic and follow up on their support needs.   Having made reference to the experience last year and views from schools, the bureau and the authority are finalising the details of the arrangement this year with enhancement measures to enable schools to gainfully use the TSA 2021 materials to inform learning and teaching and the bureau to collect system-level data to learn about the overall learning performance of students.   The bureau and the authority will hold face-to-face or online briefing sessions in late April to brief schools on the arrangements and participation details.   HKEdCity will launch a series of new and enhanced functions on the STAR platform between March and April to complement the arrangement and streamline administrative procedures, as well as strengthen the support to schools, teachers and students in conducting online assessments.
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