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Govt urged to extend new year break for students

2020-01-24 HKT 17:15
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  • The Professional Teachers' Union wants the government to extend the lunar new year holidays by at least another week. File photo: RTHK
    The Professional Teachers' Union wants the government to extend the lunar new year holidays by at least another week. File photo: RTHK
Fung Wai-wah talks to RTHK's Timmy Sung
Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union on Friday urged the government to follow Macau’s example and extend the Lunar New Year holidays for all schools until at least February 10, as a precaution against the possible spread of the Wuhan virus.

The Professional Teachers’ Union said many students will be visiting their relatives over the holidays, and the authorities cannot turn a blind eye to the risk that they could get infected, and spread the virus when they return to school.

Its president, Fung Wai-wah said the risk will be too high, and the schools should be given more time to make preparations to ward off a potential outbreak.

He also criticised the Education Bureau for not giving any concrete instructions to schools on what they should be doing to help protect students and staff, saying “the government should have the obligation to protect the health and the safety of residents.”

Fung said the government needs to be more decisive and make up its mind quickly, so schools can immediately call off any activities or make-up classes scheduled for the next few weeks.

Students are due to return to school on February 3.