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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

Special schools stage variety show

A variety show involving 62 special schools across the city was held today to showcase students’ diverse talent and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment.   The Education Bureau explained that the aim of the large-scale joint school event, titled “Variety Show of Special School Students - Let Your Love Shine 2022”, is to enhance the public’s understanding of special education in Hong Kong.   About 100 students joined the performances that included a dragon dance, fitness exercises, martial arts, a wheelchair dance and a piano trio. In addition, the music video of the theme song, Let Love Shine 2022, sung by students from the 62 schools, was played.   To enable those with hearing and visual impairments to enjoy the festivities, the show was webcast live and barrier-free with sign language interpretation and audio descriptions.   Addressing the ceremony, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said the Government supports schools to cater for students with special educational needs through a dual track of special education and integrated education.   She noted that the Education Bureau has also been rendering resources and professional aid to schools and providing professional training for teachers.   The bureau supports schools to help students overcome limitations and difficulties so that they could develop their potential and gradually become independent people with adaptability and self-learning abilities, Ms Choi emphasised.   Furthermore, the education secretary encouraged students to take a proactive and optimistic attitude when embracing challenges, She added that she hopes professionals from different sectors will collaborate with the Government to support students with special education needs, so that every student can grow up in a caring environment and excel in society.   Moreover, the bureau has launched the Let Love Shine website to introduce the features, facilities and learning and teaching resources of special schools and showcase the learning activities and creative works of special school students.
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