Students go on strike over closure

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am


Students at Lingnan Primary School and Kindergarten went on strike on Monday to try to stop the school closing for redevelopment.

Lingnan Education Organisation, the sponsoring body of the 90-year-old school in Happy Valley, says the campus must be redeveloped because of structural defects.

Yet the children and their parents want the school to stay open until the current students graduate.

One mother, among a 100-strong group of marchers, whose daughter is in Primary Three, said it was ridiculous to close the school in the middle of the students' studies.

The issue arose in June last year, after an adjoining site was sold to a property developer, when the sponsoring body said the school had structural problems. Buildings Department officials found the campus was safe, but the school management insisted it must move so two existing buildings could be rebuilt into 'modern and well-equipped school premises'.

The kindergarten has moved to a temporary site in Siu Sai Wan, but no site has been found for the primary section. In April, parents were warned the primary school will suspend operations from July next year if no suitable site is found, yet 20 new students have been recruited.