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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Teacher base established in GZ

The Education Bureau has established Hong Kong’s first teacher training and exchange base at South China Normal University (SCNU) in Guangzhou, with Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin attending a plaque-unveiling ceremony for it today.


Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Choi expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education for its support, and to the Guangdong Department of Education and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for their guidance and co-ordination in facilitating the establishment of the base.


She said that SCNU offers teacher education with unique characteristics zealously supports the professional development of Hong Kong teachers.


The university was the first institution to organise training for Hong Kong teachers following the full resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland early last year. In the past eight months or so, it has organised eight study tours and trained around 900 Hong Kong teachers, including 60 non-Chinese speaking teachers.


Ms Choi said the Education Bureau would step up co-operation with SCNU and, through the base, make good use of the university’s strengths, professional development platform, training experience, network and resources, to develop diversified and high-quality teacher training projects that enable educators in Hong Kong and the Mainland to learn from one another and thrive together.


Today also saw the launch of new Mainland study tours for new teachers from Hong Kong. The Education Secretary said she hoped participating teachers would treasure the opportunity to study on the Mainland and observe national modernisation for themselves.


She added that she hoped the tours would enhance teachers’ affection for and sense of belonging to the country, encourage them to share good stories about the country’s education, and strengthen their national pride and sense of responsibility in guiding students to integrate into the country's overall development proactively.


This morning, Ms Choi toured the Affiliated High School of SCNU to learn about its vision and curriculum. In the afternoon, she exchanged views with SCNU leaders and met Hong Kong students.


Yesterday, Ms Choi visited Sun Yat-sen University and met its President Prof Gao Song to learn about developments at the institution.

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