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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.  

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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