Updated at 6.48pm: At least 11 government secondary schools and some subsidised schools will open extra Form One classes in the new year to provide places for majority of the remaining 740 students who failed to find secondary school places, the Education Department said on Wednesday. The Education Department pledged to dispatch two extra teachers to the affected schools and provide them with ''component units'' if they were short of classrooms. Director of Education Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said:''We will offer at least $500,000 to each of the affected schools to modify their school buildings, if there is a need. And two extra teachers will be provided to cope with the extra students.'' He said about 90 per cent of the 740 students found new school places at government schools and 68 students agreed to study at the school they were originally allocated to. However, affected schools complained the Department had not given them enough notice. Deputy Principal of Kwun Tong Government School, So Chi-kuen said an extra Form One class would be opened for 42 students. ''We have to hire a new teacher for the new class. We will be offered a 'mobile house' built on the school playground. But the construction will not be completed when the new term starts, so the new students may need to have class in the school hall,'' he said. The principal of Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School, Ko Wing-kou, said: ''We were notified on Monday about the new measure. It was hectic. We have to take in an extra two students in each of the Form One classes this year. ''But this will affect us for the next five years when the students move on to higher forms. We will have to make the classes mobile as we are short of classrooms.''