Schools out again as protests envelop the city

Local | Stella Wong and Cindy Wan 15 Nov 2019

School classes all over Hong Kong will remain canceled today until Sunday for the sake of safety, the Education Bureau announced yesterday.

The suspension continues after classes for kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, and special schools were canceled yesterday.

The bureau said in a statement that the decision was due to "the continued obstruction of roads and disruption of transport services in extensive areas."

"During class suspension on school days, schools must keep their premises open and school staff should return to school under safe and feasible conditions to look after students who have arrived at school," it said.

It added that schools should maintain contact with parents and allow students to return home only under safe and feasible conditions.

Meanwhile, in response to an urgent question in Legislative Council yesterday, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung blamed the university managements for the violence inside the campuses and students' impolite behaviors towards presidents and teaching staff.

"For the recent riots and chaos happening in universities, the first person who should be responsible for these are certainly within the management," he said.

"As for all criminal damages in the schools, we have requested the schools' managements to report to the police, so that the law enforcement authorities could follow up the cases." Yeung added the Education Bureau will assist and monitor universities in doing their jobs, as universities had room for improvement in how they had handled these problems.

However, lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun criticized the government for being incompetent, questioning if the bureau has investigated whether school management had turned a blind eye to campus vandalism and also protected suspects.

In response, Yeung said the bureau has been in close communication with all managements, which the Legislative Council could summon to answer inquiries as all eight government-funded universities had their funding approved by the University Grants Committee.

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