Four in five Primary Six pupils will secure secondary school places from their first three choices in allocation results that will be released today. Of the 79,899 Primary Six pupils who will start secondary education in September, 80 per cent will do so at schools from their first three choices and 60 per cent have been allocated their first choice. About 19 per cent secured their placements through discretionary allocation, representing a 2 per cent increase compared with last year. Last year 79.4 per cent of 81,707 Primary Six pupils got into one of their first three choices. 'More parents had made strategic selections when choosing suitable schools for their children,' an Education and Manpower Bureau spokesman said. 'The availability of through-train and direct subsidy scheme schools, which offer parents more choices, also contributed to the satisfactory results.' All Primary Six pupils must collect their allocation slip from their schools today. Pupils' placements will be surrendered if students or parents fail to register at their allocated school by Thursday or Friday. Under the central allocation system, Primary Six pupils are divided into three bands based on their examination results. Schools are also classified under the three-band system, and parents can choose which schools they would prefer their child to attend. Students who applied for a discretionary place have directly filed their applications to schools and are exempt from the banding system, but can only apply for one school. If their application is unsuccessful, the student will be allocated a school. Students who secure a discretionary place are not allowed to enrol in the allocation system. The school sets the admission criteria for discretionary placements, and is only allowed to fill 20 per cent of its available places with discretionary students.