PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 May, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 How long does Edwin Pun's son spend on commuting to school every day?

a. one hour

b. two hours

c. four hours

d. eight hours

2 Why does he have to do this?

a. there is no secondary school in South Lantau

b. he prefers to go to a prestigious school in the city

c. he goes to a school near his father's office in the city

d. he enjoys the ferry ride

3 Which of the following is not a reason for there being no secondary school in South Lantau?

a. privileged families can afford to send their children to ESF schools

b. government departments have in principle agreed to relocate a drug rehab school to the site of a former secondary school

c. officials underestimate student numbers

d. there is no vacant site suitable for a secondary school

4 According to the article, why should Christian Zheng Sheng College not relocate to its new site?

i) it is the only secondary school site in the district and residents want a school there

ii) Zheng Sheng is an outsider

iii) it has 17 other locations to choose from

a. i) only

b. ii) and iii)

c. i), ii) and iii)

d. i) and ii)

Think about

1 How does a long commute to school affect students?

2 What can the government do to help settle the fight for the Mui Wo vacant site?

3 What factors would you look at if you were an official deciding on the use of the site?

4 How do you think the vacant site should be used? Give reasons to support your answer.

Follow-up activities

1 Look at a map and find three secondary schools nearest to Mui Wo. Draw up a commute route for each of them, choose the means of transport and estimate the cost and time each route takes.

2 Research Zheng Sheng's bid for the Mui Wo site. Find out what other options are available to them and compare them with Mui Wo. Write a report.


April 29

Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. d, 3. a, 4. c