Only 60 Form Six places are left for central allocation as the final stage of admission begins today, the Education Department said last night. Thirty-two are in arts and one in the science stream using English as the teaching medium. Twenty-four are in engineering and three in a commercial stream at pre-vocational schools. Students with the minimum Advanced-Level entry requirements may apply before 3.30pm today for central allocation and results will be released on Saturday. The rush for places continued yesterday despite the hoisting of Typhoon Signal No 3. About 100 students and their parents queued outside De La Salle Secondary School in Sheung Shui. Some had been outside since Sunday afternoon having brought chairs and mattresses to spend the night in the wind and rain brought by Tropical Storm Penny. School principal Chow Shek-fai said: 'We asked the students and parents to leave at night and come again on Monday. We didn't want to see them wait outside the school especially as the typhoon signal was hoisted. 'But they didn't listen. We understand they were desperate to get Form Six places, but we couldn't help much as we have limited places. 'All we could do was let them come into the school earlier so they need not get wetter in the rain.' Mr Chow said the school had 19 arts and 19 science stream places left early yesterday but by noon all the places were filled. He said it was the first time the school had seen such a long queue. 'Perhaps it's because of the economic downturn,' he said.