Several students, particularly those coming from the mainland by bus, couldn’t make it to their classes in Hong Kong on time on Thursday, the first day of the new school year in the city.
The reason: a rainstorm and serious traffic congestion on some routes.
The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted a yellow rainstorm signal at 6:55am, warning that the city could see a rainfall of as much as 30 millimeters per hour in many areas.
Although the warning lasted only until 7:45am, the weather concerns promoted many pupils and parents to alter their schedules and making it to the schools late.
Cross-border students were particularly affected, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
For example, three out of four buses arranged by the Baptist Rainbow Primary School in Wong Tai Sin to pick up students residing in Shenzhen failed to arrive at the school by 8:30am when classes began.
One of the bus service operators said the delay happened as there were too many people at the border checkpoint and because there was also a traffic jam on the way to school.
Meanwhile, some parents in the city took comfort as they saw a rainbow emerging in the skies after the rain.
The rainbow is a good sign and portends a good future ahead for the children, the parents said.
Some parents hung scallion and celery onto their kids’ schoolbags, as the Chinese names of the items bear similar pronunciations as the words smart and diligent, respectively.
In related news, the Fresh Fish Traders’ School in Tai Kok Tsui announced a new measure that is aimed at helping students from poor families, Apple Daily reported.
Qualifying students will receive sponsorships worth up to HK$3,000 to cover costs such as uniforms and books.
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