February 13, 2023
HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s education chief hinted on Saturday that the requirement of students taking rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 before going to school everyday may be canceled in March.
“From our observation at this moment, it (the pandemic situation) is quite stable. We will likely remove (the requirement) if the situation is similar,” said Christine Choi Yuk-lin.
She was speaking at a media session on whether the RAT requirement for students could go in March, after attending a radio program.
The government will closely monitor the situation and assess the pandemic situation, and seek advice from experts, she said.
“We will make the decision and let the school sector know as soon as possible of any new arrangement,” added the education secretary.
Under one of the city’s last remaining pandemic measures, students and teachers must have negative RAT result to go to school every day.
Speaking on an RTHK program, Choi said the arrangements for cross-border students returning to schools in Hong Kong have been running smoothly.
We will make the decision and let the school sector know as soon as possible of any new arrangement.
Christine Choi, Secretary for Education, HKSAR
Secondary school pupils living on the mainland were allowed to attend in-person classes in Hong Kong starting Wednesday, two days after the full resumption of travel between the two sides. Cross-boundary kindergarten, primary and special school students will return to Hong Kong from Feb 22.