Five teachers left jobless by the sudden closure of a Sheung Shui school are fighting for compensation. Teachers of the Fertiliser and Rice Dealers Association Public School were told of its closure on August 29, just three days before the start of the school year. One of the five said that although they all had more than 10 years' teaching experience, none had found jobs yet. He said the school's management committee had handed the right to operate the school back to the Education and Manpower Bureau. The teachers have enlisted the help of the Education Employees General Union to fight what they say was unfair dismissal. They are demanding a year's pay, a further month's pay in lieu of notice, two years' pension contributions and the right to apply for voluntary retirement. According to the government's rules for aided primary schools, they must give teachers three months' notice of a school's closure. An Education Bureau spokesman said it had reprimanded the school's management committee for not dealing with the situation properly. The bureau has advised the teachers about job openings. 'If the school had given three months' notice, the teachers would have had sufficient time to find another job and would not be demanding payment in lieu of notice, and the students would have more time to find other schools,' the spokesman said. He said the bureau had managed to place the Sheung Shui school's 67 pupils in other schools early this month.