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New ESF admission procedures will guarantee places Listen
The English Schools Foundation said on Friday that children entering their kindergartens from August 2020 will have guaranteed spots at their primary and secondary schools. Children will need to undergo an initial assessment on whether they are suitable for a mainstream, English-language curriculum before they are admitted into an ESF kindergarten. They will then be able to stay in the ESF system all the way to Year 13. The foundation's CEO, Belinda Greer, told Richard Pyne that this new policy aims to reduce stress and pressure on parents and children.
‘Prison inmates are too scared to complain about their treatment’ Listen
Pro-democracy lawmakers Shiu Ka-chun and Fernando Cheung on Friday called for the Ombudsman to set up a new unit to deal with complaints from prison inmates, and conduct spot checks in the city's jails. They said the prison service's current practice of dealing with complaints internally is not working, and an outside body has to take over this role. The Director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, Law Yuk-kai, said he agrees with the idea. Former lawmaker Emily Lau is a justice of the peace, a role which involves hearing complaints from prison inmates. She told Jim Gould what channels are available for inmates to speak to her about their treatment.
Britain ramps up the pressure on Iran over Zaghari-Ratcliffe Listen
Britain announced on Friday it was granting formal diplomatic protection to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national detained in Iran. The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said he'd decided to afford her this status because Iran had failed to give her the medical and legal support required by international law. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's London correspondent Gavin Grey why Hunt had taken this step now.