The Education Bureau (EDB) has introduced in September 1997 the School-Based Support Scheme (SBSS) Grant for schools with intake of children newly arrived from the Mainland. With effect from April 2000, the SBSS Grant has been extended to include non-Chinese speaking (NCS) children newly joining the local education system and returnee children.Objectives
- To strengthen the support for schools with intake of newly arrived children
- To enable schools to flexibly design programmes to cater for the specific needs of these children.
- Schools with intake of newly arrived children can apply for the SBSS Grant. The rate of the SBSS Grant, just as other grants allocated to schools from EDB, will be adjusted at the beginning of the academic year if necessary. To enable schools to provide timely support for the children at the commencement of the school term, EDB will provide advance payment to schools upon application.
- Schools are required to keep a separate ledger account named “School-Based Support Scheme Grant Account” to properly reflect all the income and breakdown of expenditure chargeable to it.
- Schools should use the SBSS Grant flexibly to provide support services for meeting the learning and adaptation needs of the children mentioned above.
- Such services can include :
- arranging non-fee-charging supplementary lessons for children newly arrived from the Mainland, NCS children newly joining the local education system and returnee children outside normal school hours
- organising orientation/ guidance programmes/ extra-curricular activities/ visits, etc.
- any other expenditure (except food and drinks) incurred from providing support services to meet the needs of children newly arrived from the Mainland, NCS children newly joining the local education system and returnee children
Enquiries can be made to the Placement and Support Section at 2892 6188 during office hours.
Details of the SBSS Grant can be found on this webpage.