The Government is to subsidise non-profit-making kindergartens in the new school year. Operators must apply to the Education Department by May 13. The scheme, due to start in September, encourages kindergartens to employ more qualified teachers at low costs. 'The revised scheme, on the basis of a class grant, will use the actual number of operating classes to determine how much subsidy each kindergarten should get,' a department spokesman said. 'This is to ensure that the amount of subsidy granted isn't affected by fluctuations in enrolment,' he added. The grant will be provided at the basic rate to kindergartens with minimum percentage of qualified teachers required. Kindergartens must employ at least 40 per cent qualified teachers in a session in the coming school year to be eligible for the annual grant of $29,400 and $34,700 per class. Only non-profit-making kindergartens charging not more than $14,800 per pupil per annum for a half-day session qualify for the revised scheme. However, profit-making kindergartens will be allowed to join if they can prove they are applying for non-profit-making status in the new academic year. The Kindergarten Subsidy Scheme, introduced in 1995, aims to improve the quality of kindergarten education.