Push to extend training for disabled

Hong Kong Standard

18th February 2019

Push to extend training for disabled

A job training center for the disabled should go back to three-year programs, a grouping of trainers, parents and lawmakers says.

The Shine Improvement Program Alliance surveyed 484 people with an interest in the Shine Skills Center to gain ideas.

Eighty-seven percent said training programs should last for three years so students can learn more comprehensively and establish longer relationships with employers who cooperate with the center.

Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung said the center used to offer three-year programs but cut them to two years after 2003. Besides pushing for a return to the three-year format he suggested there be a system for students to re-enroll in a program, defer study periods or even switch to another faculty if a program does not suit them.

Cheung also said there is a need for more teachers to restore a teacher-student ratio of one to 12.

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