A school instructed to stop running Primary One classes in September owing to a lack of pupils raised money through fish traders at a wholesale food market yesterday. The principal and directors of the Fresh Fish Traders' School staged a fund-raising campaign at Cheung Sha Wan food market as part of its self-financing effort to pay for the running of primary classes. The school has been ordered to stop the Primary One class by the Education and Manpower Bureau. The parents of many of its students work in the fish trade. The school has raised about $500,000, but principal Leung Kee-cheong said the government had demanded $1.65 million as a guarantee if it wanted to continue running Primary One classes. 'We have almost raised enough money to operate for the first year. But the Education and Manpower Bureau requires us to provide funds guaranteed to be sufficient for three years' of operation. That demand is very difficult for us to meet.' But Mr Leung said if the school can enlist 23 students for the Primary One class, it would apply for subsidies from the bureau. The school was earlier ordered by the bureau not to open a Primary One class in September because it had admitted only 17 students, six less than the 23 required. Two members of the school's sponsoring body, the Hong Kong and Kowloon Fresh Fish Trade General Association, and some of the teachers have pledged to donate a total of $80,000.