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  1. 629 schools apply for study subsidy

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Phila Siu Up to 629 schools have applied for subsidies for underprivileged children to go on overseas study tours. These short-term programmes are a common summer activity for children ... About 300 secondary and 300 primary schools have applied on behalf of students, with the rest coming from special education schools. The benefit also involves the travel industry, with some tour ...

  2. Schools for migrant children closed

    Posted Jul 13th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... But educators doubt whether the district's public schools can absorb the estimated 15,000 children affected, and suggest pupils may have to drop out of the education system or return to their home ... 'If the government could really make sure that all these children could go to public schools then that would be a relief to us,' he said. Like the principals of most of the early migrant ...

  3. Closures penalise children of migrant parents

    Posted Aug 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... hometown of Zhuozhou in Hebei province- a painful decision for mother and child. But they had no other option, Li said. The public school that her son, Lu Tong, was reassigned to attend under ... to shut for safety or hygiene reasons. The boy is among 300-odd pupils, or a fourth of the enrolment at the experimental school, whose parents have snubbed government offers of places at public ...

  4. Creative use of public buildings can help low-income groups

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter by Stefan Lam ('Use empty schools at night to benefit the whole community', February 13). This would be a practical and timely way of improving the quality ... to opening schools, the authorities may have some practical concerns, such as safety, insurance and keeping the premises clean. However, we can find ways to deal with these logistical problems ...

  5. See big picture on public health care

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Our public hospital system is far from broken, but it could easily get that way without health care reform. Chronic shortages of medical staff, the increasing pressures of an ageing ... the public health sector provides a good standard of care at exceptionally low prices for all residents, regardless of income. Given the strains being experienced, it is an unsustainable situation. ...

  6. News - China - SOCIAL WELFARE

    Teacher garners public sympathy after writing 'seditious' essays

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Chen Pingfu was left penniless after suffering a heart attack. His essays on how officials treat the poor led to charges- and public sympathy From teacher ... of making life impossible for those who were working hard to simply survive. When he found a job at a private school in Yunnan province, police barred him from leaving Lanzhou to take up his post, ...

  7. Policy promoting cycling would be a big step towards better public health

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Fong, school of public health and primary care, Chinese University ... From a public-health perspective, Hong Kong is facing a challenge from non-communicable diseases. The leading causes of preventable death here are cancers, cardiovascular disease, ...

  8. The futility of treating drugs as criminal, not public health, issue

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are no substitute for good policy. Making hasty decisions on a whim, or because of public pressure, borders on irresponsibility. The school drug problem did not appear out of thin air. It is one of many ... The government's random school drug testing has generated much discussion on a multitude of legal, ethical, privacy and pupil-teacher/child-parent trust issues. I do not intend ...

  9. Public safety should always come first

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... four school students. Happily, this appears to have resulted in a more liberal disclosure policy, with a sharp increase in the number of crime news reports by the Police Public Relations ... The media has long played an important role in reporting on the day-to-day operations of the police. This not only serves the media's role as a public watchdog, it also provides ...

  10. Survey finds public support enforced checks

    Posted Aug 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Nicola Li About two-thirds of respondents to a Youth Association survey said the government should make the testing of school pupils for drugs compulsory, otherwise its plan would ... in schools from December. But 65 per cent said the scheme would be ineffectual if parents and pupils had the right to refuse drug tests and 67 per cent said they would support the government ...




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