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Source: Media Outreach

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 14 August 2020 – With a high number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Hong Kong recently, a series of anti-epidemic measures are introduced by the government to strengthen the protection of public health.  Under the measures from The Education Bureau, schools and tutorial centres are asked to close for multiple times, and in early August they even announced that most of the next academic school year would be conducted online. The goal is to reduce physical interaction between students and teachers, and to minimise COVID-19 spreading.

Bridge Elite is a private tutorial centre in Hong Kong, many of their students are applying to  attend or are currently attending prestigious institutions such as University of Cambridge, Brown University, The University of Hong Kong and many more. They prioritise the safety and health of their students over the benefits of face to face lessons, it is also because of this Bridge Elite is able to adapt quickly to the situation at hand.

Immediately after the introduction of new measures, Bridge Elite was able to get in-touch with students to reschedule, but also received requests for dropout. The centre has had many meetings on how they would be able to continue to deliver quality enrichment and education. Bridge Elite’s Principal, Willis Tao said ” The continuity of education is important and a pandemic happening should not be at the expense of a student’s education”. Their tutors are keen to find an effective way to cope with the pandemic and continue to educate students, corresponding to their centre’s motto, “Learning Never Stops”.

Due to The Education Bureau’s new plans for the academic year 2020/2021, many local schools need to prepare to bring teaching to students remotely. In fact, many educational institutions across countries have already stated that they would be carrying out hybrid courses in the coming school year, where classes would be carried out in the combination of the traditional classroom manner and through online activities. In fact hybrid courses are becoming a norm across multiple international schools and boarding schools. Some education experts anticipate that this pandemic may end up changing the way of teaching completely, as Dr. Curtis Newbold of Westminster College writes “hybrid education may be the breath of the future”.

Bridge Elite is currently offering online tutoring to their students, and their transition began back in April. Their lessons would all be conducted online using the online video communication software, Zoom, and students and teachers will continue to interact during lessons using the white board AwwApp. They further encouraged students to continue to attend lessons remotely by ensuring their students have the necessary tools to take part in the transition smoothly.

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