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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

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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