All kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and special schools in Central, Western District and Wan Chai remained suspended for the third day on Friday, Sky Post reported, citing an announcement from the Education Bureau.
Around 160 schools were affected as pro-democracy protesters continued occupying major thoroughfares in those areas.
Sophia Wong, principal assistant secretary for education, said the bureau decided to suspend the classes to safeguard the students’ safety, adding that schools are encouraged to provide online resources to help students learn at home.
Khoo Law Soo-kwan, chairperson of the Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations for the Wan Chai district, said the students’ learning progress could be affected if class suspension is extended until next Monday or further. She suggested that schools less affected by street demonstrations be allowed to resume classes while others may still need to stay closed.
Some school officials said online lessons can be provided but noted that not all students have computers at home.
The principal of San Wui Commercial Society School in Central said teachers and students might need to hold extra classes during the yuletide holidays for the students to catch up with the lessons.
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