Rehab school fears exams shutout

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 January, 2010, 12:00am

At least 20 students from the Christian Zheng Sheng College might not be able to sit public examinations under the new senior secondary curriculum because the college would not be able to fulfil requirements.

The principal of the Lantau drug rehabilitation school, Alman Chan Siu-cheuk, said the school needed to address changes required by the new academic curriculum - which will apply to students now in Form Four or below - but revealed it did not have enough classrooms to run the required classes at the existing site.

The school, established 11 years ago, is located in a remote part of Lantau and has only two classrooms. It is the city's only private drug rehabilitation school offering a formal education to former drug users.

'We are not sure whether our students can sit the exams under the new curriculum,' Chan told Commercial Radio. 'We were told we did not have enough classrooms.'

The Education Bureau requires there to be at least three Form Four classes at a school to give students a range of subject options. The school has 20 to 30 students in Form Four at present and 70 in lower forms.

'School relocation is the only solution to the problem,' Chan said.

The school's proposed move to the Heung Yee Kuk South District Secondary School in Mui Wo, which closed two years ago because of low enrolment, aroused controversy last year and created tension between the school and residents, who want the local school for their own children.

An Education Bureau spokeswoman said yesterday relocation was a multidepartment issue, not solely under the bureau's jurisdiction. She said the college had to provide more information to support its application to run the new curriculum.