Direct offers from institutes
By SHIRLEY KWOK
TERTIARY institutes will have to start making their diploma offers directly to applicants beginning Thursday without going through the central admission unit if their vacancies are not filled today.
The 11 institutes, including Hong Kong Polytechnic, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Chai Wan Technical College, Tsing Yi Technical College, and the seven technical institutes under the Vocational Training Council, have, for the first time, joined together to admit students for diploma courses.
Under the Joint Admissions Scheme for Polytechnics, Technical Institutes and Colleges (JASPIC), a total of 8,600 places of diploma courses are offered by the 11 institutes in 1993-94 year.
After the first and second rounds of admission, 3,000 places are still left vacant. The empty places will be put in the third and final rounds of admission.
Announcement of application results for this round's offers was made yesterday. Successful applicants have to reply to the Joint Admission Office by noon today, or their offers will be cancelled.
In view of the poor response in the first and second rounds of admissions, it is feared that many applicants might turn down the offers, leaving the institutes with empty places.
The institutes gave out 9,200 offers in the first round of admission, but only 45 per cent of them were accepted when the deadline for registration ended on September 8.
The response in the second round of admission was much poorer. When the deadline for registration ended on September 14, only 25 per cent of the 4,500 applicants accepted the offers.
The two polytechnics had the highest rate of offer acceptance.
Of the 466 places the Hong Kong Polytechnic offered in the second round of admission, nearly 60 per cent were accepted.
The City Polytechnic of Hong Kong offered 335 places in the second round and over 30 per cent were accepted.
The rate for the Chai Wan Technical College was 28.9 per cent, and for Tsing Yi Technical College was 21.9 per cent.
The response in the seven technical institutes was the worst, with only 20.4 per cent of the applicants accepting their offers in the second round of admission. They now have over 53 per cent of the places not filled after the first, second and third rounds of admissions.
A spokeswoman for the Vocational Training Council refused to comment on the poor response and said the council was waiting to see the results of the final round of admission.
The 11 institutes will on Thursday start making direct offers to applicants. Students can approach individual institutes for places.