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Survey says 76% students feel stressful after school reopening

Publish Date: 15-Jul-2020

Following the reopening of secondary schools on 27 May and primary schools and kindergartens (K3 only) on 15 June, findings of a survey conducted by St James’ Settlement showed that 44% of the respondent students were happy about being back to school while 76% felt stressful. Primary 5 students were the most anxious. They were worried about their Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) examinations because their performance in the examinations would directly affect their chances of being accepted by their preferred secondary schools.

The survey was conducted from 8 to 19 June and a total of 2021 students from Primary 4 to 6 participated in the survey. The purpose of the survey was to gain a clear picture about their academic needs after class resumption so that relevant support could be provided to the students and help them face challenges in the new school year as well as alleviate pressure on parents.

The results of the survey were announced on 6 July by the Ms Lam Sze-ting, head of the research team, and the data were explained by Professor Sandra Tsang at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. A Primary 5 student Tsang Hei-kiu was also present to share her views.

Ms Chan Yim-man, senior service manager at St James’ Settlement, said that the organization received grants from the Hang Seng Bank to fund their student support services and was working with seven social service organizations and twelve schools to see to the learning and emotional needs of primary students. The support scheme included hiring more tutors, extending service hours, and building online homework tutorial platforms.

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