School summer holidays to begin early as virus cases surge

Local | 10 Jul 2020 3:00 pm

Secretary for Education, Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, said summer holidays for secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens can begin on Monday, as local confirmed coronavirus cases spiked recently.

In a press briefing this afternoon, Yeung said it is only about a week until the scheduled summer holidays begin, so the bureau decided to start the holidays earlier. But school campuses have to remain open for the week to look after those students who need to return to schools.

Yeung said if schools have arranged the Primary Five exams next week, they can decide to finish the exams before beginning summer holidays and can also postpone to September. He said if Form Three to Five exams are originally scheduled for next week, schools can also decide to finish them before beginning summer holidays.

As for the Pre-Secondary One Hong Kong Attainment Test, he said it will continue to take place next Tuesday, but schools can decide whether to participate and make  final decision before midday on Monday.

Yeung also said so far there have not been infections at schools, reflecting the efficiency of anti-epidemic measures. If schools decide to have exams, they can only take place for half a day every day.

The results day for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams is still scheduled on July 22 for now.

Some schools had already suspended classes after students and parents were confirmed with the virus.

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