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38 teachers commended

Acting Chief Executive Paul Chan presented the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence to 15 teachers at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre today.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung presented the Certificate of Merit to 23 teachers.   Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Chan expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the awarded teachers and thanked them for their dedicated efforts in education.   He encouraged teachers to actively participate in exchange activities with the Mainland and explained that through observation and exchanges, they could explore ways to improve teaching professionalism with outstanding senior teachers on the Mainland.   They can also use these opportunities to strengthen their understanding of the country’s politics, economy, society, history and culture, and then share their knowledge gained with colleagues and students, Mr Chan added.   There was a total of 121 and 104 nominations for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 awards.  

Stringent controls mitigate virus risks

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today said Hong Kong has stringent border control measures in place to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-19 mutant strains in the community.   Asked at a media session about the risk posed by the new Mu strain to the community, Prof Chan said the Government treats new variants, variants of concern or any COVID-19 virus in a prudent manner.   “The most important thing is that we have very stringent border control measures all the way from before the inbound travellers come to Hong Kong.”   She also pointed out that inbound travellers have to fulfil certain virus testing and quarantine requirements, adding that there is also the flight suspension mechanism in place.   “So with all these stringent border control measures, we will continue to review the global situation in terms of these variants' activities.”   Regarding the proposed changes to the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2021 to attract more qualified non-locally trained doctors to practise in Hong Kong, Prof Chan emphasised that the proposed amendments will not lower the professional standards required of these doctors.
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