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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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National security education to start at age six  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau has laid out its vision for national security education in local schools, under which children as young as six will be taught about the four categories of national security offences. Secondary school students will learn that the security law has no impact on rights and freedoms and the subject will be broached in a variety of classes from economics to biology and music. Frances Sit reports:
PTU says consultation vital on roll out of security education   Listenfacebook
The vice-president of the Professional Teachers' Union, Ip Kin-yuen, says he is astonished at the scope of the new national security education curriculum. The former lawmaker told Janice Wong that teachers and parents should have the chance to have their say on it:
September launch set for new ‘liberal’ studies curriculum   Listenfacebook
The government has defended its revamp of the liberal studies curriculum, amid criticism over its heavy emphasis on national education. Timmy Sung has the story:
Builder jailed over bomb-making kit  Listenfacebook
A 24-year-old construction worker has been sent to prison for three years and two months after he admitted to possessing explosives in his Tin Shui Wai flat. Frances Sit reports:
Concerns raised over doctors’ licensing exam waiver   Listenfacebook
The government has proposed new arrangements to allow Hong Kong permanent residents who are working as doctors overseas to come back and practice here. The Food and Health Bureau is looking to set up a committee to draw up a list of some 100 medical schools around the world, whose qualifications would be recognised in Hong Kong. Dr Marcus Marcet is the president of the Medical Licentiate Society of Hong Kong, which represents around 1200 doctors who were trained outside of the SAR. He told Mike Weeks that the key change to the current arrangement is the waiving of the qualification exam:
Public doctors’ head says overseas trained medics ‘unlikely’ to return  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says allowing more doctors from Hong Kong who studied abroad to work here, is needed to tackle a shortage of doctors in public hospitals. But the President of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association, Arisina Ma told Annemarie Evans she doesn't think that’s true anymore:
Legislation mulled on doxxing and record searches   Listenfacebook
The government is looking at drafting a raft of new laws to tackle privacy infringements, hate speech and fake news. This was announced by the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, who said such problems have proliferated on the internet over the past two years. She said her administration will table proposals after considering what other jurisdictions are doing. She cited better regulation of public record searches as an important area that needs to be addressed:
Thousands of families to benefit as poverty allowance rules relaxed   Listenfacebook
The government has proposed relaxing the criteria for a basic subsidy for low-income families, to allow an additional 24,000 underemployed households to benefit from the scheme for a year. That's among the measures aimed to help those who can't find enough work during the coronavirus pandemic. Jimmy Choi reports:
Second Yau Ma Tei lockdown finds one Covid case  Listenfacebook
Residents of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok were locked down on Thursday night, some for the second time in nine days, as the government continued a flurry of such exercises to try to eliminate community spread of Covid-19. One new case was found among more than 2,200 people tested. Earlier, health authorities ordered over 200 staff at a hotel in Hung Hom to get tested, after another staff member there came down with the coronavirus. Wendy Wong reports:
Civil servants express mixed views over tracing app  Listenfacebook
Some government staff started using the "LeaveHomeSafe" contact-tracing app on Thursday when they headed in to work. While some expressed privacy concerns, others believe it could help contain the pandemic. Wong Yin-ting reports:
CE tells her lawmakers RTHK must improve   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has criticised RTHK, saying improvements must be made at the public broadcaster. She said an "unacceptable" amount of complaints were substantiated against the government department over the past year or two. Priscilla Ng has the details: