RULES are to be introduced to force principals to accept pupils against their will. The move follows the refusal of some schools to admit students expelled from other schools because of poor conduct, HIV infection or involvement with triads, despite Education Department recommendations. ''I do hope that at the end of the day, whatever guidelines we draw up, the Education Department will consult school principals before asking them to admit a particular student,'' said Director of Education Dominic Wong Shing-wah. He said the Board of Education had endorsed the Government's proposal to amend the appropriate rules, and the department was obtaining the views of school councils on the amendment. He added that the specific circumstances of the students would be taken into account such as the area they lived in and their academic performance. ''In other words, we will not put a band five student into a band one school,'' he said. Schools principals have the final say on accepting pupils.