The Education Department has announced that Secondary Six admission procedures for 1997-98 will be shortened to eight working days. A principal education officer at the department said the five-stage procedure was basically the same as last year, except that the duration of Stage III, which was for schools to admit their own students having satisfied the minimum A-level entry requirements, would be shortened to a half-day operation. 'The shortening of the Stage III procedure is to tie in with the provision of a two-week pre-S6 Intensive English Language Programme for some students. As in last year, a total of eight centres will be made available for central allocation,' he said. A new leaflet and summary table containing admission details, addresses and telephone numbers of the 19 District Education Offices has been produced to help students. Schools are being asked to distribute the leaflet to Secondary Five students. Private candidates will receive the leaflet and summary table from the Hong Kong Examinations Authority.