Officials providing better learning environment
I refer to the letter from Lui Sau-yuk headlined 'New school will add to pressure on teachers' (South China Morning Post, October 25).
To meet the policy objective of converting all bi-sessional primary schools into a whole-day operation by the 2007-2008 school year, two new primary schools are being constructed in Tsing Yi for operation in September of next year.
We are aware that some primary schools in Tsing Yi are under-enrolled at present. However, the demand for primary school places is calculated on the basis of a school district. As Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi come under Kwai Tsing district, we need to meet part of the demand for school places in Kwai Tsing by building new schools in Tsing Yi, because sites are not available in Kwai Chung. The two schools under construction are intended to accommodate pupils relocated from two existing bi-sessional primary schools in Kwai Tsing. One is in Kwai Chung and the other in Tsing Yi.
As regards the primary schools in Tsing Yi which are under-enrolled at the moment, we are considering how to make better use of the vacant classrooms in these schools to facilitate the implementation of whole-day primary schooling.
We agree with your reader that dedicated teachers need support and encouragement in their work. The aim of converting bi-sessional schools into whole-day schooling is designed to provide a better learning environment and facilities for pupils and teachers.
for Director of Education