A chance for HK secondary school students to shadow top government officials for a day

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Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, was one of the officials who were shadowed last year.

The “Be a Government Official for a Day” programme 2019 is open for applications. Under the scheme, Hong Kong’s secondary students will get a chance to shadow the city’s top officials and see how they carry out their daily duties.

The programme has been divided into two phases this year to include the chief executive and other senior officials. Officials taking part in the first phase, to be held in April, will include under secretaries, permanent secretaries and heads of departments.

All local Secondary Four and Five students can apply, but priority will be given to those studying the HKDSE curriculum. Application forms can be downloaded at www.lifebuddies.hk and must be submitted by February 22, 2019. Applicants must obtain a recommendation from their principal or a teacher.

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The programme, organised by the Commission on Poverty headed by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, was launched last year.

“My ‘job shadows’ and I were able to openly exchange views, share our life experiences, and understand each other’s thoughts through our interaction,” Cheung said in a press release. “The expanded programme will provide additional opportunities for senior government officials to directly interact with senior secondary students. I encourage students to seize this invaluable opportunity by applying for this inspiring programme.”

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Meanwhile, the second phase of the programme will include the chief executive and other senior officials including the three chief secretaries and bureau heads. Application details for this phase, which will be held this summer, will be announced in April.

Then Jockey Club Ti-I College Form Four student, Purl Cheung, shadowed Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee last summer. Speaking to the SCMP at the time, Purl described the experience as “quite fun” but wished she had more time to speak to the minister.

"Be a Government Official for a Day" promotion released by the Governent.
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