The Policy Address 2000

Continuing Education - A Must

69. In recent years, we have seen significant expansion of continuing education. In future, we will co-operate with the education, industrial and commercial sectors to develop a life-long learning ladder, and study the implications of establishing a qualifications framework and programme standards. This will help maintain the confidence of employers and professional bodies in the qualifications awarded by the training providers. In the coming three years, the Government will provide $50 million to enhance its training programme for civil servants and encourage them to pursue continuous and life-long learning. Indeed, I would urge all employers to encourage their staff to continue their learning and to allow them time for it. I have asked the Financial Secretary to consider raising the maximum self-education deduction for Salaries Tax when preparing the Budget for the coming year.

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