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Schools to stay closed until at least April 20

2020-02-25 HKT 13:14
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Damon Pang reports:
Authorities announced on Tuesday that all the city's schools will stay closed until at least April 20, except for those students sitting DSE exams.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, primary and secondary schools, as well as kindergartens have remained closed since the Lunar New Year holiday got underway in late January.

The latest extension to the closure period means schools won't re-open until after the Easter holiday.

But Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said his bureau has decided that written DSE exams should begin on March 27, as originally planned, with delays just for a few subjects.

Exam results will be delayed until July 15.

Yeung said the government will do its best to provide students sitting exams with masks, given the shortage in the city.

Any cross-border students will have to come back to Hong Kong 14 days before their exams, to complete quarantine procedures.

The education chief added that the desks used by exam entrants will be moved further apart than usual.

The government first extended the Lunar New Year holiday for schools until February 17, and subsequently pushed back the opening date to March 2, and then March 16.

Schools are offering online classes in the meantime.

Last updated: 2020-02-25 HKT 14:13