Mother dreads another painful search

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 12:00am

For Kennie Wong Siu-yu, whose daughter is in Form Three at Tai Po's Buddhist Tai Kwong Middle School, it would be another painful struggle if her daughter has to transfer.

The school, which also caters for students with special education needs, is one of four where the government will not subsidise Form Four classes next year because they are too small to offer a big enough choice of subjects.

Ms Wong said her 15-year-old daughter, who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and difficulties in reading and writing, had always been neglected and discriminated against. 'She was chucked out by her kindergarten, yelled at in her primary school in front of 700 people and was told to stop showing up to classes at her previous secondary school.'

The struggle to find a good school stopped after the girl switched to the Buddhist school, where she was a star, Ms Wong said. 'This school focuses on how well the students are learning, not on how much the students could learn.'

The teachers had discovered her daughter's musical and photographic talents. 'I've really seen her making progress, she's a confident girl now. But you will put her back into the same school environment with no love and care if you remove my girl.'