Entry system so unfair

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 February, 1996, 12:00am

FOR quite some time now, admission into primary schools (and possibly kindergartens) has had a points system.

This system favours those candidates who have a sibling studying (add 20 points) or who has studied (add 10 points) in the same school.

The point system also favours first-born children (add five points).

This system obviously and unfairly discriminates against the second-born child.

More so in particular, it discriminates against those second-born with a first-born sibling of a different sex when applying to boys-only or girls-only schools.

Indeed it discriminates against all those later-born boys or girls with elders all of different sex to them.

That this is allowed to happen and is happening every day is a sad testimony to the unhealthy state of our school admissions system.

Consider a second-born child who is a girl with an elder brother, whose parents want to apply to a girls-only school. She will lose 20 points (for siblings studying) and 10 points (for siblings previously studying).

She will be out of the five points for a first-born child.

Isn't that really unfair? Whatever justification there is to have a sibling studying or who has studied in the same school, one should not penalise a child and reduce her (his) chance of studying in a school of her (his) choice for something not of her own making and something she (or her parents) cannot possibly remedy.

The same applies to a second-born boy applying to a boys-only school.

This is obviously unjustified discrimination (and worse, sex discrimination) against the second born and all later-born, inadvertent as it may be.

I wonder what our education authorities have to say about this.

K.M. SO Pokfulam