Half of students set to enrol in Primary One switch to other schools

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 May, 2009, 12:00am

Half the students scheduled to enrol in a Yau Tong school's Primary One class in September have switched elsewhere amid chaos over the school's management.

Thomas Lee Poon-shing, principal of the Pegasus Philip Wong Kin Hang Christian Primary School cum Junior Secondary School, said about 10 students had decided to go elsewhere, leaving fewer than 10 students behind.

'The Education Bureau will make special arrangements for them so that they can take part in the central allocation of school places in government and aided primary schools,' Mr Lee said.

'The timing is tight and we have been very busy helping these students. But the students should still be able to take part in the central allocation,' he said.

Results of central allocation for Primary One school places at government and subsided schools will be announced next Saturday.

Since the Pegasus school is a direct subsidy scheme school, it has its own admission schedule and can admit students at its convenience.

Mr Lee said: 'No matter how many students we have for our Primary One class, we assure them that they will have a chance to study at our school and will not be affected.'

He stressed school operations had been normal. Apart from helping out students who had decided to leave the school, he said the school was helping Primary Six graduates who wished to apply for places at government and aided secondary schools.

Parents of students who had applied for places at the school and wished to change to other schools were urged to act as soon as possible, an Education Bureau spokesman said.

The spokesman added that parents of students in other classes, in primary or secondary sections of the school, could also contact the Education Bureau's Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre. 'We will try to assist them,' he said.