Troubled school gets a new name

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 July, 2009, 12:00am

The troubled Pegasus school in Yau Tong was renamed the Fukien Secondary School Affiliated School yesterday.

The change was announced four days after the Fukien Chamber of Commerce Education Fund took over the Pegasus Philip Wong Kin Hang Christian Primary School cum Junior Secondary School.

The new name symbolises the link between it and three secondary schools run by the fund.

By yesterday, 366 existing students had registered to continue at the school and 40 newcomers had applied for Primary One places. Before Pegasus Social Service Christian Organisation announced in May that it was giving up its right to run the school, it had more than 500 students.

Fukien Secondary School principal Lam Kin-wah said about 100 pupils had left, mostly from Primary Six or Form Three. 'In other forms, 90 per cent of students have decided to stay,' he said.

There would be two Primary One classes in September but they would be smaller than usual, he said. 'This is understandable ... the school was in chaos at the time Primary One students were applying,' Mr Lam said.

He was confident more pupils would apply before the summer holiday ended. 'The school has received dozens of calls regarding school places,' he said.

Meanwhile, more than 90 per cent of staff - including 10 out of 12 teachers - have signed a new contract with the sponsoring body.