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US(Ed) applauds home-school co-operation in fighting human swine flu (with photos)

     The Under Secretary for Education, Mr Kenneth Chen, today (May 8) applauded the joint efforts by schools and parents in taking precautionary measures both in schools and at home in the fight against human swine flu.

     During a visit to Canossa College and Canossa School (Hong Kong) in Quarry Bay, Mr Chen said: "We must be vigilant to keep our school environment clean and virus free for the best interest of our students."

     "Schools could make use of the special one-off grant of $3,000, announced by the Secretary for Education today to support their preventive measures," he said.

     At Canossa College, Mr Chen saw the cleaning operation at the school hall which has been used as a public examination venue.

     He then joined a class of Primary One students of Canossa School (Hong Kong) who were having a "Life Education" lesson. He said he was impressed to see that the young students were enthusiastic in learning how to adopt healthy eating habits.

     Mr Chen also took the opportunity to chat with a group of parent volunteers who took an active part in the school cleaning operation and helped younger students to maintain personal hygiene.

     "This demonstrates well how schools and parents can work actively together in taking precautionary measures against flu infection.
     "We have also appealed to the Committee on Home-School Co-operation and schools' parent-teacher associations to support the territory-wide 'Clean Hong Kong Campaign'. They will organise a range of activities to disseminate the message of providing a clean environment to students both in schools and at home. I am very pleased at their enthusiastic response," Mr Chen said.

Ends/Friday, May 8, 2009
Issued at HKT 17:42


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