The Po Leung Kuk welfare organisation is to open a new private sixth-form college for students who do poorly in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE). Kenneth Mak Kwai-po, the charity's principal education secretary, said the new school was aimed at meeting soaring demand for Form Six places. He said PLK Vicwood K. T. Chong Sixth Form College in Tai Kok Tsui would open a branch in Wan Chai by mid-year. 'The new branch will admit students who score between six and 14 points in the HKCEE,' he said. Eight points are the minimum needed for entry into Form Six in most secondary schools. A HKCEE candidate can score five points for an A grade, four for a B down to one for an E.Mr Mak said the new school would offer about 1,000 places in arts, science and commerce streams. 'We note that students whose exam results were inadequate struggled to scramble sixth-form places after the release of the HKCEE results over the past few years,' he said. 'We hope we can offer more opportunities for academic low-achievers.' Mr Mak said the school would charge each student about $20,000 a year. Annual tuition fees for a sixth-form place at other private schools range from $20,000 to $30,000. 'We think the school will have an edge over other private schools in the market,' he said, adding that $5 million had been allocated to start the new school. The college in Tai Kok Tsui, founded in 1991, was the first Government-subsidised sixth-form college in Hong Kong. Its entry requirement is 18 points in the HKCEE. The school had been swamped with students seeking places as soon as the HKCEE results were relased over the past few years. Po Leung Kuk operates 24 kindergartens, 12 secondary and 26 primary schools in Hong Kong.