Date
17 December 2017
Hong Kong is said to be planning to offer financial grants to schools that strike partnerships with peers in the mainland. The move is aimed at boosting cross-border exchanges. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong is said to be planning to offer financial grants to schools that strike partnerships with peers in the mainland. The move is aimed at boosting cross-border exchanges. Photo: HKEJ

Govt may subsidize schools that have cross-border tie-ups

The Hong Kong government will subsidize primary and middle schools that seek alliances with mainland counterparts, a move aimed at promoting educational exchanges across the border, Sing Tao Daily reported Monday, citing sources.

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying will announce the plan during his upcoming policy address on Wednesday, the paper said.

Each qualifying school could receive more than one hundred thousand Hong Kong dollars, according to the report.

Meanwhile, primary and middle schools would be encouraged to enhance national education, it said.

The education authority launched a “sister school program” in 2004 to promote tie-ups between Hong Kong schools and those in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. So far 420 pairs have been formed, at least on paper.

A principal with a middle school in Sha Tin district, was quoted as saying that his school has “sister school” alliances with four institutions in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. However, they could only hold limited teacher-student exchange activities until now due to lack of funding, the person said.

The principal hopes the pairs can conduct short-term student exchange or accommodation programs in future, but believes the proposed subsidies may not be enough.

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