A GOVERNMENT official said the Hong Kong government is thinking about giving tablet computers to poor children for school use. Law Chi-kwong (羅致光), the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, said that since many low-income families said in a survey that they were forced to use their Child Allowance on rent, the government is thinking about providing tablets for poor children.
In a survey, 93 percent said the Child Allowance is not enough, and 70 percent of low-income families who do not live in public housing said they use part of that allowance for rent.
According to the Chief Executive’s policy address, delivered in July, the government will be asking the Community Care Fund to buy students tablets. Veteran social worker Sze Lai-shan (施麗珊) said she welcomes the government’s idea of giving tablets to poor students, since many schools are thinking of digitizing their textbooks.
(This article is published on Goodies on 29 November 2017)