PRIMARY school students were facing increasing pressure from their parents to be high achievers, a teacher said yesterday. ''Parents' expectations are higher than ever, and many have dreams they want their children to fulfil,'' teacher Ho Kam-fung said at the graduation ceremony of the Hongkong Buddhist Association Kindergarten and Primary Schools. ''Each parent wants his child to be the best, but often, the children don't have the capability to perform as well as their parents wish,'' she said. More than 1,900 kindergarten and primary students took part in the ceremony, held at Wan Chai's Queen Elizabeth Stadium. The pressure to excel begins as early as kindergarten for many youngsters, when their parents push them to write more, study more, and learn more. Five-year-old Kwan Bo-yee said she would be attending summer school this year, because her mother told her to. ''Summer classes are generally more relaxed than normal classes,'' said a teacher at Bo-yee's Foo Hong Kindergarten in Wong Tai Sin. ''But we still have the children do some writing exercises, only because their parents want them to keep up their Chinese.'' Children are more willing to do academic work during the summer if it is required by their teachers, rather than their parents. Besides feeling academic pressure, many students feel over-protected and confined by their parents. Primary Six graduate Au Man-kei said he liked to spend his time out and about, because he did not like being ''trapped'' at home. But he does not go out a lot, because his parents are ''too over-protective''. Ms Ho said: ''Most of the pressure, whether academic or social, stems from parents' expectations. Often, however, the children cannot meet these expectations, and they become frustrated and angry at themselves. ''And as a result, many of them vent their feelings by rebellion or even crime.'' Man-kei, although looking forward to secondary school, was afraid of being bullied by older school-mates or gang members ''just because they're older and bigger than you''. Almost half of the students in their last year of primary school will move to their first choice of secondary school in September. But three children out of every 10 have not been accepted by any of the first three schools they requested, according to Education Department figures. All 86,069 Primary Six students who applied under the Secondary School Places Scheme have been allocated a place, and the results will be available at primary schools tomorrow. Children have to collect forms from their old schools before registering at their allocated secondary school next week. Parents can try to transfer their children to a different school by approaching principals directly, but an Education Department official warns that once an admission slip has been retrieved from the allocated school, the offer is cancelled. The allocated places are at government, aided or private schools for three years, during which no tuition fees will be charged.