A poverty concern group has given the government an 'F' for its performance in helping underprivileged children in 2006. The Society for Community Organisation published its second annual report on the government's efforts. On a scale of one to 10, the government scored between zero and four points on 10 issues. The administration scored zero on six issues, including combating child labour, dealing with Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and for the lack of recreational facilities for students. It scored zero for failing to introduce a comprehensive policy on problems confronting children, neglect of their rights and failure to establish an independent children's ombudsman. The government scored two points for the present education policy, which does not cover students' expenses in extra-curricular activities and school uniforms. It received four points for the nine-year free education plan, which does not include pre-school and senior secondary school. It scored two points for the housing policy, which does not allow new arrivals from the mainland to apply to stay at public housing estates until they have lived here for seven years. The government scored one point over its failure to set a poverty datum line. 'The government's performance in helping poor children only scored nine points out of 100 marks in 2006. We urge the government to inject more resources to help these children,' the society's Sze Lai-shan said. 'The government not only fails to provide adequate assistance to children suffering from poverty, it even fails to provide enough resources to support their education, which could help these children escape from poverty.' The society urged the government to introduce a 15-year free education policy and provide more financial assistance. It also urged it to set up a children's ombudsman. Ken Lam, whose five-member family receives welfare assistance, said they received about HK$3,000 a month under CSSA. An 11-year-old boy in the family said he had to collect paper and cardboard after school and during holidays to make some extra money. 'My family is very poor. My brother is six and my little sister is three. They all have to go to school and HK$3,000 a month is not enough for five people,' he said. The Primary Six pupil said he had never taken part in extra-curricular activities at school because his family could not afford them.