Hong Kong secondary school principals are being offered free Internet classes in preparation for schools going on-line. About 200 of the territory's 450 school principals will undertake an eight-hour course covering topics such as the background of Internet, the World-Wide Web, gopher and file transfer protocol, and on-line functions such as electronic mail and Net meeting and video-conferencing. Other topics include equipment for Internet access, browsers, search engines, domain name system, content rating, Usenet news groups and selection of Internet service providers (ISPs). The courses are organised by Fillip Routing, educational arm of the Sing Tao group. Fillip said the course was a training class on Internet applications specifically for school principals. Fillip's administration manager, Ashley Li, said Hong Kong's schools had been offered free Internet services from ISPs including Hong Kong Star and Hong Kong Telecom IMS under the Education Department's schools Internet programme launched in October. Fillip also plans to set up Internet classes for teachers for fees. Wu Man-ming, principal of SKH Holy Trinity Church Secondary School, said only a small percentage of Hong Kong students were able to use the Internet due to insufficient facilities in schools. Formal computer education was restricted not only by hardware shortages, but also by the lack of localised educational software. According to Star Internet, 400 schools have joined its service. It intended to offer students special price plans to encourage them to use Internet services at home.