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Lawmakers raise concern over student mask shortage

2020-03-10 HKT 15:15
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Lawmakers at a meeting of Legco's health services panel on Tuesday quizzed education bureau officials about the availability of masks for students as the administration pushes to resume classes from next month.

Classes have been suspended since late January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and officials say schools are planning to restart in a phased manner from April 20.

Legislators across party lines raised concerns about the availability of the face masks of the right size for young students when they start going back to school.

DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat criticised the government for failing to purchase masks for students, especially those in kindergartens and primary schools, while another pro-establishment member Chan Hoi-yan also raised the need for different sized masks for pupils, displaying packets of different sizes of masks.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said there have been reports that some masks being collected for distribution among students who will sit DSE exams have already expired.

Principal Education Officer Cynthia Chan said the masks are being acquired by logistics officials and she will coordinate with them on the matter.

As for ensuring enough masks for pupils when schools restart, she said some management teams are trying to order face masks from overseas for students.

Some schools already have some in stock as they had kept supplies for the flu season, the official said, adding that the bureau will monitor the situation.