HK extends school suspension until at least April 20

February 25, 2020 14:49
Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said classes will remain suspended until after the Easter holiday. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong has further extended the suspension of schools until at least April 20 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said classes would be suspended until after the Easter holiday with April 20 being the earliest date to return. Students had previously been due to return to lessons on March 16.

“As the coronavirus has not shown any sign of dying down, the Education Bureau has decided that all schools in Hong Kong will further extend the suspension,” Yeung said, adding that the exact date of resumption would be evaluated later.

Schools have remained closed since the Lunar New Year holiday.

However, Yeung said written DSE exams should begin on March 27, as originally scheduled, RTHK reported.

But some subjects such as music and physical education have been postponed until May.

Exam results will be delayed until July 15.

The news comes as the disease has now killed almost 2,700 people in China and spread to more countries around the globe including Italy, Iran and South Korea.

Many schools in Hong Kong have already switched to online learning and lessons by conference call, with assignments given out on a daily or weekly basis.

The city has 81 confirmed cases of the virus and reported 2 deaths so far. With Reuters

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