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SED's remarks on human swine flu

     Following is the transcript of Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen, today (May 2) on prevention of human swine flu:

Reporter: Under what circumstances will the government suspend classes? Will the government give extra resources for schools to buy masks?

Secretary for Education: I think we have to determine having regard to the actual situation prevailing at a particular moment, which is not up to us (the Education Bureau) to decide when that will happen. We will have to take advice from our colleagues in the medical profession and the Director of Health. It will depend on what sort of advice we will be given to determine what sort of appropriate measures we should take. We have been in meeting over the last few hours to discuss the different options that can be deployed. We are confident that we have sufficient options to deal with all situations.

     Regarding your question about funds, I think schools have their own funds to do the procurement of masks and other necessities but if they run into difficulties, they should get into touch with our colleagues at the district level and we will see what we can do about helping them in this particular regard.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript and the transcript of remarks by Dr Lam Ping-yan, Director of Health.)

Ends/Saturday, May 2, 2009
Issued at HKT 21:13


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