Education chiefs yesterday were accused of rushing an elite Catholic girls' school's move from Kowloon City to Sha Tin in the same way the airport move had been rushed. And parents were strongly opposed to the idea of making St Rose of Lima's School co-educational, said Parent Teachers Association (PTA) chairman Tsui Kong, who has two daughters at the school. A secondary school teacher, Mr Tsui said 122 out of 150 parents at a PTA meeting last week objected to the move. 'The decision to move to Sha Tin and to go co-educational should not be made in such a rush, like the move to the new airport,' he said. 'The school should not abandon its good traditions . . . it is unfair for the parents since many of us have made long-term plans concerning the choice of school for our children.' Parents had not been consulted enough over the plan. While they realised there was a shortage of space in Kowloon, they did not think the quality of teaching was adversely affected and it should not be sacrificed for the sake of development. Mr Tsui's younger daughter, Teresa Tsui Tsit, 11, said she did not want the school to go co-educational. 'Boys are naughtier. Our school has always been a girls' school and I'd find it difficult to get used to the change,' the Primary Five student said. The school has yet to make a final decision on whether it should move to new premises in Sha Tin provided by the Government. The provincial superior of the school's sponsoring body, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Sister Judith Alice Yuen, said yesterday it was collecting opinions from parents and teachers before making a decision. 'We believe the move will be good for students as we are really short of space for further development,' she said. 'We have also yet to decide whether we should switch from a girls' school to co-education.' Acting Assistant Director of Education Lee Kwok-sun denied the department had asked the school to change to co-education. But he admitted that if it reserved its secondary section in the existing campus while moving to new premises in Sha Tin, the Sha Tin school would be regarded as a new school.