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Hong Kong's English teacher shortage
For the next 48 hours, I will be complaining about the insufferable heat in Paris, which is due to basically hit 40 degrees on both Monday and Tuesday.
It’s times like this when I ask myself if relocating to Europe aka the land of why-bother-with-air-conditioning was a good choice to make.
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Education | National security gets more enhancements. Plus, schools struggle to hire teachers.
COVID | ‘Simple proof’ needed from people who failed to get electronic vouchers. Sinovac approval for children under 3.
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Crime | Courts will make it harder for national security offenders to get bail.
International | Sanction recommendation makes justice secretary “angry”. Also, HK is putting an officer in Europe to encourage investments.
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Emphasising national security education (again)
Just days after unveiling a new patriotic education centre, Hong Kong officials again are making sure the public knows that they are taking national security education very very seriously.
Education chief Christine Choi said that changes will be made to enhance class lessons on the Constitution, Basic Law and national security.
"We will update our curriculum, enhance our learning and teaching materials, [have] more teacher professional training, and more activities for our students to have knowledge about our country from different perspectives."
— Christine “zoom and enhance” Choi, Education Chief
Other education news
Due to a significant number of teachers quitting in HK, schools are having a hard time hiring teachers for certain subjects such as English and home economics.
‘Simple proof’ needed for handout rejects
Cases in Hong Kong
New cases: 3,486 (173 imported)
Total cases: 1,294,336
New deaths: 4
The COVID patients who died were aged between 71 and 94, all of whom had chronic illnesses.
Total deaths: 9,437
Compulsory testing notice: 81 places
Other COVID-19 news
240,000 people were rejected from Hong Kong’s electronic voucher scheme on the grounds that their MPF savings withdrawal indicated their permanent departure from the SAR. According to Financial Secretary Paul Chan, they have 14 days once they receive their application results to provide proof that they are staying in HK.
The government are on their way to approving vaccines – Sinovac specifically –for children below the age of 3 next month.
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European Union Film Festival 2022
This year, the EUFF has the pleasure to present a selection of 18 European films which have never been screened in Hong Kong before.
This year's German film DEAR THOMAS (Lieber Thomas) is a powerful biopic from Andreas Kleinert about one of Germany’s most important writers, shot in black and white, and featuring a tour-de-force performance from Albrecht Schuch.
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