Schools smaller than on mainland
Children in the SAR are packed into schools just half the size of those on the mainland and only one-fifth the size of those in Japan, according to Education Department statistics.
The standard size of primary and secondary schools in the SAR are 0.62 and 0.7 hectares respectively.
The equivalent figures for Japan are 2.96 and 3.62 hectares, while those for the mainland are 1.27 and 1.52 hectares.
SAR primary schools have a standard 0.24 hectares of outdoor recreation area, while the figure is 1.1 hectares in Japan - and that excludes swimming pools.
In a paper submitted to the Legco education panel, the department says new designs have been adopted for schools.
'We will provide, as far as practicable, two basketball courts on ground level and one on the roof of an assembly hall block, and at the same time maintain a provision of open space of two square metres per pupil,' the paper says.
Meanwhile, in line with the government strategy of promoting information-technology education, the department plans to install from the next school term computers in all 16 government evening schools running secondary school courses for adults.
Adult-education courses run by the department recorded an average enrolment rate of 79.6 per cent for the 1999-2000 school year.