Deadline agreed for course fees collection
Tertiary institutions will set the same deadline for collecting course fees for associate-degree programmes in a move to prevent a repeat of last year's fee-paying controversy.
August 14 has been set as the cut-off point for the fees for the courses provided for Form Seven graduates.
The deadline for fees for foundation courses linked with associate-degree programmes, which admit Form Five graduates, will be August 21. Results of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and Joint University Programmes Admission System will be released on August 7.
Last July, students admitted to associate-degree programmes offered by two tertiary institutions were required to pay $20,000 as a non-refundable deposit. The institutions set the deadline before the admissions system results were released in early August.
Some students complained the arrangement was unreasonable because they might change their minds after receiving the Joint University Programmes Admission System results.
An extra 30,600 associate-degree places, equivalent to higher diplomas, will be offered by 2010 to meet Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's plan to give 60 per cent of 18 to 20-year-olds access to higher education.
Charles Wong Kit-hung, chairman of the Federation of Continuing Education in Tertiary Institutions, said: 'Last year's controversies arose from different deadlines set by various institutions. It will be much better to have a same deadline after the release of results.'
Simon Wong Chi-hong, dean of the School of Continuing Education at Baptist University, said he expected fees would not be collected before results came out.