Hong Kong schools will resume face-to-face lessons at the end of September

  • Classes have been conducted largely online during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Teachers and parents have been concerned about student progress during suspensions
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Following a drop in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, schools will be able to resume lessons in the classroom from the week of September 21, the SCMP has learned.

Education officials said earlier this month that on-site lessons for Hong Kong’s 900,000 students at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools would be suspended until further notice for the new academic year, after teachers were told to move classes online during the city’s third wave of infections.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung will announce the detailed arrangements at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

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Most local primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong start the academic year on September 1, but many international ones returned in August with online classes.

Principals and teachers have expressed concern over student progress after a four-month suspension of city schools from early February.

Classes were allowed to resume on campus in phases from late May for about a month as the number of new cases decreased, before the latest resurgence of Covid-19 reversed that.