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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Education Bureau is issuing letters/circular memoranda today and tomorrow to inform schools of the details about the provision of $600 million in relief grants and subsidies under the new round of the Anti-epidemic Fund.

To alleviate the financial hardship arising from the suspension of face-to-face classes due to COVID-19, the fund will provide all kindergartens, private primary and secondary day schools as well as private schools offering a non-formal curriculum (PSNFCs) with a one-off grant.

The grant, ranging from $60,000 to $160,000, will be provided to each kindergarten as well as private primary and secondary day school. The expenditure is estimated to be $135 million, benefitting about 1,000 kindergartens and 180 private primary and secondary day schools.

Regarding PSNFCs, a one-off relief grant of $40,000 will be given to each of them registered under the Education Ordinance and in operation on the date of the application invitation. The expenditure is estimated to be $108 million, benefitting some 2,700 PSNFCs.

Meanwhile, one-off relief grants under the Anti-epidemic Fund will be provided to the suppliers and service providers as their services and incomes were severely affected during periods of face-to-face class suspension or half-day schooling and cessation of on-campus activities. The expenditure is estimated to be $362 million.

They are operators of catering outlets at schools, lunchbox providers, school bus drivers and escorts as well as instructors, coaches, trainers and interest class operators.

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MIL OSI Asia Pacific News