Headmaster says most schools opt to resume lessons with only a third of pupils

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

A headmaster said most secondary schools in the city are planning to first allow only a third of their pupils to resume face-to-face lessons after the Lunar New Year holidays.

Head of the Wan Chai District Headmasters' Conference, Tai Tak-ching, also the headmaster of SKH Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School, said it is unlikely that schools will push for full school resumption after the holidays.

“In view of the recent infections of two students of the Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School, which prompted the quarantine of over some 100 students and teachers, I think most schools would reconsider having a full class resumption,” said Tai.

“It is totally not worth to risk having all classes resume for only a short while, and have the school closed again for a lengthy period when there are confirmed cases, especially with secondary six students preparing for their DSE exams.”

The headmaster agreed to have teachers getting tested regularly, but said instead of between teachers and students, contacts between students are much more frequent.

“If only teachers are required to be tested, the risk of having transmission within schools is still high,” he added.