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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

S1 allocations to be released

Parents of Primary 6 students participating in the 2021 Secondary School Places Allocation System will receive notifications on March 31 if their applications have been successful, the Education Bureau said today.   Parents do not need to reply to schools to say whether they accept the discretionary place offers or not.   Parents who have also successfully applied for a school place in a non-participating Direct Subsidy Scheme (NDSS) secondary school for their children should decide whether to retain the offer from the school.   If parents decide to retain the offer from an NDSS secondary school, they should disregard the notifications from the participating secondary schools.   If parents decide to decline the offer, they should notify the NDSS secondary school and retrieve the signed undertaking as well as the original copy of the Primary 6 Student Record Form on or before April 12 to retain the school place successfully applied for in the discretionary place stage.   Students who have not been offered a discretionary place are required to participate in the central allocation.   Primary 6 students will receive the Choice Form, the Notes for Parents and the Secondary School List for their school net from their primary school.   Parents may refer to the Handbook for Unrestricted School Choices distributed to primary schools or obtain the school lists via the bureau's website and the automatic telephone enquiry system's fax service on 2891 0088.   To reduce gatherings and maintain social distancing in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, the bureau advised primary schools to make flexible arrangements to support parents in making school choices.   Schools may consider providing parents with information or advice by video conferencing, phone or email, and distribute the choice-making documents to parents of cross-boundary students by post or email.   The bureau reminded parents to complete and return the Choice Form to primary schools for submission on or before May 5.
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