School receiving non-Chinese speaking grant not monitored by Education Bureau

Local | 28 Apr 2021 3:55 pm

There were 283 schools receiving the Grant for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Students up to HK$1.5 million, and some were not monitored by the Education Bureau, according to the latest government’s audit report. 

Schools can apply for a grant ranging from HK$650,000 to HK$1.5 million since 2014/15. 

In the period from 2014/15 to 2018/19, a total of 283 primary, secondary and special schools received the Grant and they didn’t fully utilize the Grant. On average the schools receiving the grant used less than half of it in each school year. 

Among the 283 schools, 44 of them had never been visited by the Bureau in those 4 years, while the Bureau was supposed to conduct supervisory visits to those schools to monitor their use of the Grant. 

The report added that by the end of 2019/20, 26 special schools had not yet been visited by the Bureau. 

Schools receiving the Grant are required to submit a school plan and a school report to the Bureau every year to report on the deployment of the Grant and support measures. Yet In 2018/19, over 60 percent of schools submitted their plans and reports late, according to the audit watchdog. 

The audit report also suggested the Bureau to improve timeliness of supervisory visits to schools and encouraged schools to make good use of the Grant. The report said that the Secretary for Education agreed with the audit recommendations as well. 

Expenditure on supporting NCS students was increased from HK$244.5 million in 2015/16, to HK$456.3 million in 2019/20, experiencing a HK$211.8 million growth.

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