This is especially worrying for Namira Rubaiyath, a Form One student from Ying Wa Girls’ School.
“I’m not feeling too good today. I don’t have the highest expectations. I’ve had a few anxiety attacks because of exams, and I’m also a non-Chinese speaking student, so I have to work harder than other students just to achieve what they have,” said Namira.
Hailey Leung, a Form Five student from Church of Christ in China Mong Man Wai College, also fears her exam results may have suffered as a result of online learning, saying she found it difficult to concentrate.
“I need to catch up now that I’m back in school,” said Hailey.
A student from CCC Mong Man Wai College, wearing his PE uniform, returns to school. Photo: SCMP/Kelly Fung
Sunny Cheung, a Form Six student from King’s College, said he feels safe being back on campus and that only two forms are attending school in person today. Mostly, is excited to be back in the classroom for his last week of school before he goes on study leave.
“I think being back at school is a sign for us to work harder and see if we can achieve our goals,” he said.
In-person lessons have been suspended since early December 2020, when the fourth wave of Covid-19 took hold of the city. Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yung-hung announced earlier this month that schools could open on a half-day basis, with one-third of its student capacity, if all school staff agreed to get tested before classes resumed and every two weeks after.
Yeung said that as of now, there are no plans for schools to return to normal, and the government will continue to monitor the pandemic situation.