Written by: Lao Minyi
2020-02-20 11:57Last updated: 2020-02-20 11:57
The Education Bureau announced today (20th) that additional subsidies will be provided to primary and secondary schools, kindergartens and their students. About 900 million yuan will be allocated from the Epidemic and Anti-epidemic Fund to be set up, and each student in the 2019/20 school year Allowance increased by RMB 1,000 (from RMB 2,500 to RMB 3,500), benefiting the parents of about 900,000 students to help reduce the burden of additional expenditures of schools and parents during the epidemic prevention and suspension period, which is expected to be established in the Epidemic Prevention and Epidemic Prevention Fund The first student grants will be issued within the next week.
The Education Bureau announced today that additional grants will be provided to primary and secondary schools and kindergartens and their students. (Profile picture)
The Secretary for Education, Mr. Yang Runxiong, said that in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus on campus and to protect the health of students, all schools in Hong Kong have temporarily suspended classes from early February, and students have stayed at home with school support in order to achieve "non-stop classes." He pointed out that during the suspension period, it is understood that many parents need to continue to pay for their children's learning-related expenses, and some parents need to purchase reading and learning materials or e-learning devices for their children. Therefore, the per student allowance for the 2019/20 school year is 2,500 The increase of RMB to RMB 3,500 will benefit parents of about 900,000 students who will not need to submit a separate application. He expects to pay the first batch of 3,500 yuan of student allowances within one week of the establishment of the Epidemic Prevention Fund, and subsequent batches will be issued successively.
Provide one-off extra subsidies to 2,200 schools
In addition, the Education Bureau will allocate existing resources to provide one-off extra allowances to all public schools, direct funding scheme schools, private primary and secondary schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong to help schools replenish their epidemic prevention supplies (such as masks, thermometers, etc.) or clean the campus. As well as payment of other expenses related to epidemic prevention and anti-epidemic, it is expected to benefit about 2,200 schools with an additional expenditure of about 42 million yuan. In terms of funding, schools of different types and sizes can receive grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000.
In terms of kindergartens, the Education Bureau has introduced measures to assist the kindergarten sector to cope with the current economic difficulties. Based on the number of students in each kindergarten participating in the kindergarten education scheme in January this year, the monthly calculation of the kindergarten during the suspension period Subvention to ensure that government funding received during the period will not be reduced by individual students dropping out of school; and a one-off grant for all kindergartens, involving an additional expenditure of about $ 120 million.
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The Education Bureau provides a one-off extra allowance for 21 special schools with a dormitory department. The amount will be based on the approved accommodation of the dormitory department. If the accommodation is less than 40, it will receive 50,000 yuan; 40 to 60 will receive 100,000 yuan. RMB 150,000 for 61 or more, with an additional expenditure of RMB 2.25 million.
As for the Student Financial Assistance Scheme, the Education Bureau stated that students would not be affected by the amount or eligibility to receive various student financial assistance because they were unable to return to school during the suspension period. There are individual funding schemes, such as kindergarten and child care tuition fee waiver schemes, which require students to have attended classes in that month before they can receive tuition allowance for the relevant month; however, given the number of days during which students returned to school due to the epidemic situation or Affected, the Education Bureau and the Student Financial Assistance Agency will deal with it flexibly so that students will not be affected by the suspension of classes and the available financial assistance will be affected.
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