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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

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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