Most schools being closed due to urban renewal will not be rebuilt on new sites, the Education Department said yesterday. A spokesman for department's building section said it had no obligation to compensate demolished schools with a new building. 'We just care that there are enough school places in each district. If places are sufficient, it is not our duty to reopen demolished schools,' the spokesman said. He refused to disclose how many had been closed in urban renewal programmes. In districts such as Aberdeen and Kwun Tong, four to five primary and secondary schools will be demolished each year while no more than two will be built. C. K. Law Memorial Primary School, which opened in 1967, is one affected by urban renewal in Aberdeen. It was told of the clearance in 1994 and the following year the Education Department stopped placing Primary One pupils there. The building was recovered by the Government in 1997, forcing the school to lease classrooms from others in Wah Fu. Principal Chiu Wan Lan said six applications for a new school building had been turned down by the department. 'We did all they required but they never explained why our applications were rejected,' Ms Chiu said yesterday after the last speech day at the school. The school closed yesterday when the last 70 Primary Six pupils graduated. Ms Chiu described the Education Department's system as 'unfair'. School supervisor Dr Kwan Lai Hung said: 'Why has the new St Peter's Secondary School opened in Aberdeen while we are closed?' An Education Department spokesman said an independent committee was responsible for deciding the allocation of school buildings. He said it received more than 200 applications every year but the number of new buildings available was less then 20. Braemar Hill residents have voiced opposition to the building of two primary schools amid fears the move will blight the area's scenic beauty and put wildlife in danger. The Civil Engineering Department has received 114 letters from residents urging that the $100 million project be put aside after the proposal was published in the Government Gazette in February this year.