Return of pupils boost for secondary schools

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 June, 2010, 12:00am

The first group of Hong Kong children educated at Shenzhen primary schools to return to study in their home city will arrive this year, offering hope for secondary schools facing closure because of tumbling enrolments.

The 36 Primary Six graduates from Shenzhen's Oriental English College and Luohu School for Hong Kong Children have been admitted to the Hong Kong secondary system under an agreement between Hong Kong and Guangdong.

Oriental English College pupils will be included in the school zone for Tuen Mun while Luohu School will be in the zone for Northern District pupils.

Secondary school principals from Tuen Mun, one of the districts most at risk for school closures because of falling enrolments, say the trailblazing move will help to lessen the pressure on schools.

Ho Ki-to, principal of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Tam Pak Yu College in Tuen Mun, said some schools in the district had trouble attracting enough students to stave off closure.

'Principals from some Tuen Mun schools have done promotion work on the mainland over the past year to boost enrolment,' he said.

Details of the measures were contained in documents handed to the Legislative Council yesterday by the Education Bureau for discussion at a meeting of the education panel on Monday.

The trial scheme will be extended to three other private schools in Shenzhen, which will start operating Primary One to Four classes for Hong Kong children in September. Graduates from the three schools will eventually join the admission system.