Pupils to be forced on schools
AIDED schools will be forced to admit pupils referred to them by the Director of Education to fill vacant places, the Government announced yesterday.
An amendment to the Codes of Aid for Primary and Secondary Schools, which will come into effect on September 1, will give the Director of Education authority to direct certain schools to accept pupils.
It will apply to government schools, aided - or government-subsidised - schools, private schools which accept pupils from the Government on a subsidised fee basis, and private independent schools in the bought-place scheme.
The Assistant Director of Education (Schools), Tsui See-ming, said yesterday children would be screened by department staff to assess their ability and find out whether they needed special education services before they were placed.