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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

S1 allocations to be released

Parents of Primary 6 students participating in the 2022 Secondary School Places Allocation System will receive notifications on May 4 if their applications have been successful, the Education Bureau said today.   Parents do not need to reply to schools to say whether they accept the discretionary place offers or not.   Parents who have also successfully applied for a school place in a non-participating Direct Subsidy Scheme (NDSS) secondary school for their children should decide whether to retain the offer from the school.   If they decide to retain the offer from an NDSS secondary school, they should disregard the notifications from the participating secondary schools.   However, if parents decide to decline the offer they should notify the NDSS secondary school and retrieve the originals of the signed undertaking as well as the Primary 6 Student Record Form by May 12, in order to retain the school place successfully applied for in the discretionary place stage.   Students who have not been offered a discretionary place are required to participate in the central allocation.   Primary 6 students will receive the Choice Form, the Notes for Parents and the Secondary School List for their school net from their primary school.   Parents may refer to the Handbook for Unrestricted School Choices distributed to primary schools, or obtain the latest version of the handbook via the bureau’s website and the automatic telephone enquiry system’s fax service on 2891 0088.   To reduce gatherings and maintain social distancing in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, the bureau advised primary schools to make flexible arrangements to support parents in making school choices.   Schools may consider providing parents with information or advice by video conferencing, phone or email, and distribute the choice-making documents to parents of cross-boundary students by post or email.   The bureau reminded parents to complete and return the Choice Form to primary schools for submission by May 30.
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