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Balanced approach to curbing virus

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive John Lee today said he has asked the Secretary for Health to review the current anti-epidemic measures, aiming to strike a balance between containing the virus spread and reducing the inconvenience to travellers.   Meeting the media this morning before chairing the first meeting of the new-term Executive Council, Mr Lee said the Secretary for Health is considering how the duration of quarantine should be handled.   “I am giving him time to look at the statistics so that he will formulate some options for me to consider.”   At the same time, the Government will strive to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control and protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus, he noted.   “One of the important measures is to make good use of the polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test so that we can be certain that we will be able to identify those who are infected early, separate

Student headcount to be conducted

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today said a count of Primary 1 students will be conducted by mid-September for the Government to understand the impact of migration on individual schools.   He made the statement at a media session after the Legislative Council’s Panel on Education meeting.   “What we will be doing is, by the middle of this month, a headcount of the new Primary 1 students, then we will know better if there is any major change in the population or the number of students admitted to Primary 1.”   When asked what the Government will do to ensure schools’ stable development under the backdrop of population change, Mr Yeung explained that measures have been established over the years, especially in the primary school sector.   “We have lowered the number of students for each class, and for surplus teachers, we would have a toleration period of three years.”   Noticing recent news reports on the cuts in the number of Primary 1 classes, the education chief also clarified how the Government determines the number of Primary 1 classes to be offered each year.   “The way we calculate the number of Primary 1 classes each year (such as provisional assumption for the admission process in 2022) is based on the number of Primary 6 classes in the previous year, and also the number of classrooms divided by six, then take whichever is larger.   “So it is just formula-based. It does not reflect actually the forecast of the number of the possible Primary 1 students,” he stressed.
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