CEF effectiveness to be reviewed
I am responding to Jennis Chan's letter about the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) in Education Post last week. Your correspondent commented that the course she is studying does not fall into one of the sectors covered by the reimbursable course list of the CEF.
The sectors covered by the CEF are financial services, tourism, logistics, China business, language, design, and interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for the workplace. These sectors were chosen on the basis of consultation with economists, industrialists and employers as being the sectors in which upgrading of human capital was most likely to enhance Hong Kong's competitive edge.
She also raised questions about the scheme's starting date in relation to longer courses. Any scheme clearly has to have one starting date or another. After funds were approved by the Legislative Council's Finance Committee on April 26 this year, the CEF started to receive applications on June 1.
We encourage training providers to divide longer reimbursable courses into modules to help students benefit from the CEF subsidy, which is set at a maximum of $10,000 or 80 per cent of the course fee, whichever is the less.
The CEF scheme as a whole will be reviewed after a year when all views will be taken into account.
R. M. CARTLAND
for Secretary for Education and Manpower