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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

Study subsidy to launch

The Government today announced that it will subsidise, via the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors, 2,501 places in 32 sub-degree programmes of eight post-secondary institutions for the cohort to be admitted in the 2022-23 academic year.   The 32 designated sub-degree programmes fall under six disciplines identified as having keen manpower demand, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, health care, sports and recreation, and tourism and hospitality.   In the 2022-23 academic year, the annual subsidy amount for laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $38,520 from $38,400 in the 2021-22 academic year, while that for non-laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $22,120 from $22,050.   The adjusted subsidy amounts are applicable to both new and current students who are eligible.   For admission to the designated sub-degree programmes under the scheme, students may apply directly to the institutions.   The designated undergraduate programmes under the scheme in the 2022-23 academic year including the number of places and subsidy amounts were announced on September 21.   Click here for details.
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