Rules for schools tightened
EDUCATION Department inspectors will be able to seize documents from suspected unregistered schools under legislation expected to be adopted soon.
The Education (Amendment) Bill 1993, to beintroduced in the Legislative Council this month, will help the Government prosecute illegal and unregistered schools.
The changes include $10,000 penalties for schools which falsely claim in advertisements that they are registered with the department, or which forget to display their registration or provisional registration number on advertisements.
The Consumer Council's chief complaints and advice officer, Mr Chan Wing-kai, said complaints had dropped significantly after a spate late last year, but could not provide figures.
Senior Education Department officer Mr Chong Kwok-kit said the department had received complaints almost every day between July and September last year about unregistered schools, including lack of proper safety facilities such as fire exits and sub-standard courses.