Department monitors schools
Your reader, George Chan, in his letter headlined, 'Disappointing' (South China Morning Post, August 29), sought our comment on the number and quality of places in the central allocation stage of the secondary six admission exercise.
The secondary six admission procedure has altogether five stages, among which central allocation is the last. Naturally, a large number of places have been filled in the first four stages of the exercise and fewer places are available in central allocation.
It is true that some of the places for central allocation are on the Outlying Islands. However, there is absolutely no reason to believe that these schools are 'the worst in Hong Kong'. As a matter of fact, all public-sector secondary schools follow the secondary six admission procedure in admitting secondary six students. The operating standard of all these schools are monitored by the Education Department.
Finally, whether these schools provide boarding places depends on the intention and plans of the school administration.
SIMON LAU for Director of Education