Primary and Secondary Education
206. Last November, the Committee on Prevention of Student
Suicides submitted its final report and put forward
recommendations on preventing student suicides and improving
the mental health of students. The Government has launched the
Student Mental Health Support Scheme on a pilot basis in the
current school year to enhance communication and collaboration
among healthcare, education and social welfare professionals.
Multi-disciplinary professional teams comprising psychiatrists,
educational psychologists, school social workers, psychiatric
nurses, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists are
assisting schools in supporting students with mental health
needs. In addition, the Learning Support Grant for public sector
ordinary primary and secondary schools will cover students
with mental illness starting from the next school year.
207. The Government will introduce a paid non-local study
leave scheme on a pilot basis for serving secondary school
teachers to broaden their perspectives and enrich their
experience by allowing them to take part in specific courses or
on-site experiential learning attachment programmes for about
one to three months. The 3-year scheme is expected to benefit
some 150 teachers.