Private schools suffer discrimination

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 12:00am
 

Reading 'Learning the hard way' (South China Morning Post, October 10) infuriated me.


I am appalled by and ashamed of the SAR Government and especially the Education Department for being hypocritical about the 'nine years of free education for all' policy. Stop insulting our intelligence by saying there are 'sufficient' school places for everyone and then not enforcing the policy at the school level.


The Education Department states it is illegal not to send children to school, yet it forces many children who are eligible and want to receive an education to stay at home or wander the streets for months or even years. More baffling is the department's insensitivity in suggesting these children from poor families attend international schools. They cannot even afford to pay $975 a month in tuition. How can they dream of going to an international school at 10 times that amount per month?


The Education Department refuses to grant subsidies to schools such as Poinsettia in Yuen Long, claiming private schools are not eligible. Has the department examined the reasons Poinsettia had to be established as a private school? The answer is the Education Department has not given these children any consideration and has denied them a basic right. This is blatant discrimination.


RONNA HEFFNER


Kowloon Tong


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