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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Education minister says independence shouldn’t be discussed in class  Listenfacebook
Education Secretary Kevin Yeung has denied that a move to de-register a primary school teacher for using pro-independence material in teaching two lessons was aimed at reining in educators. The bureau insists last month's unprecedented decision was reasonable and proportionate, as Damon Pang reports:
Parents have mixed views on teacher’s dismissal  Listenfacebook
There were mixed views among parents at the Kowloon Tong school where the struck-off teacher had been employed. Some backed the teacher, while others said the government did the right thing. Jimmy Choi reports:
Teachers’ union plans to appeal de-registration of teacher  Listenfacebook
Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen criticised the move to strike off the teacher who discussed Hong Kong independence in a primary school class. He said the Education Bureau made the decision based on written materials and should have given the teacher an opportunity to defend himself in person. Ip, who is also the head of the Professional Teachers' Union, said they PTU would appeal the decision and, if necessary, seek a judicial review. He told Annemarie Evans the ruling was unfair and wholly unjustified:
Struck off teacher’s worksheets ‘not objective’  Listenfacebook
The government has defended the move to strike off the Kowloon Tong primary school teacher, saying he promoted twisted ideas of Hong Kong independence. Janice Wong asked the chairman of the Education Policy Concern Organisation, Mervyn Cheung, if he agreed that the move was reasonable and proportionate:
‘Wrong T-shirt’ conviction set to be appealed   Listenfacebook
A teenager convicted of helping to block roads during anti-government protests last November has been sentenced to at least three months at a rehabilitation centre. His lawyers say they plan to appeal, as Candice Wong reports:
Hunt on for gang members involved in deadly TST bar brawl   Listenfacebook
Police say they believe a fatal brawl at a Tsim Sha Tsui bar in the early hours of Tuesday morning was related to a dispute between triad gangs. As Priscilla Ng reports, officers are now hunting for a number of people with known triad backgrounds over the fight in which a barman was killed:
Social distancing extended as mystery covid infections continue  Listenfacebook
Five more local Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Tuesday, three of them of unknown source. The health secretary, Sophia Chan, says she's concerned about the re-emergence of such cases, and has extended current social-distancing measures. Wendy Wong has the details:
High-risk groups urged to get early vaccination for flu   Listenfacebook
The looming winter flu season is a factor that may come into play in determining how quickly,. and how hard Hong Kong will be hit by a possible fourth wave of coronavirus. Health Secretary Sophia Chan warned on Tuesday that things could take a turn for the worse as temperatures dip. Mike Weeks asked Infectious disease expert Joseph Tsang if he agreed:
US consulate accuses Beijing of failing to honour handover pledges   Listenfacebook
The United States’ Consulate General has lashed out at new restrictions imposed by Beijing on American diplomats in Hong Kong. It says the measures show the central government's disregard for diplomatic norms and past promises. Maggie Ho reports:
‘White form’ scheme blamed for surge in HOS flat prices   Listenfacebook
A new property price index has revealed that the cost of Home Ownership Scheme flats has been rising at a faster pace in the second-hand market than private homes over the past seven years. Researchers believe a scheme introduced by CY Leung’s administration in 2013 has played a significant role in driving up prices of the subsidised homes. Joanne Wong explains: