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Kat O Heritage Trail opens

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department today opened the Kat O Heritage Trail in collaboration with Kat O village to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.   In addition to further promoting Kat O’s history, culture and intangible cultural heritage, the trail offers an in-depth travel experience to visitors.   Located in northeastern New Territories waters, Kat O is a harmonious community built by fishermen and Hakkas hand in hand.   The trail, with 27 interpretation panels along the route, was planned on the existing footpath and connects many important historical and cultural relics.   Visitors may explore an old Chinese restaurant and grocery store on Kat O Main Street, walk past old banyan trees where villagers used to take a rest or stop by a former pig farm and outdoor cinema.   A more in-depth understanding of Kat O’s long history is warranted by a visit to Kat O Tin Hau Temple and Sai O Hexagonal Well.   Visitors may also enjo

Student headcount to be conducted

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today said a count of Primary 1 students will be conducted by mid-September for the Government to understand the impact of migration on individual schools.   He made the statement at a media session after the Legislative Council’s Panel on Education meeting.   “What we will be doing is, by the middle of this month, a headcount of the new Primary 1 students, then we will know better if there is any major change in the population or the number of students admitted to Primary 1.”   When asked what the Government will do to ensure schools’ stable development under the backdrop of population change, Mr Yeung explained that measures have been established over the years, especially in the primary school sector.   “We have lowered the number of students for each class, and for surplus teachers, we would have a toleration period of three years.”   Noticing recent news reports on the cuts in the number of Primary 1 classes, the education chief also clarified how the Government determines the number of Primary 1 classes to be offered each year.   “The way we calculate the number of Primary 1 classes each year (such as provisional assumption for the admission process in 2022) is based on the number of Primary 6 classes in the previous year, and also the number of classrooms divided by six, then take whichever is larger.   “So it is just formula-based. It does not reflect actually the forecast of the number of the possible Primary 1 students,” he stressed.
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