Weak pupils told to leave

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 March, 1998, 12:00am

Some schools are trying to kick out pupils who drag down the school's overall academic performance despite pledges not to discriminate against poor performers.

A total of 102 students in 41 schools have been asked to leave, legislators were told. But most of these students have been able to stay after intervention by the Education Department.

A small number have transferred to other schools for individual reasons.

It has been reported that some schools breached government guidelines by asking students to leave, in an effort to avoid affecting overall standards.

In a written reply to non-affiliated legislator Dominic Chan Choi-hi, Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping said: 'The Code of Aid explicitly states that schools shall not expel students on the grounds that they are academically weak.' Students could only be expelled, he said, for deliberate refusal to pay gazetted school fees or if they committed a serious breach of school discipline.

However, the Education Department had no powers to enforce the guidelines.