ON this day 25 years ago: Nearly 87,000 free places were made available to needy pupils in Government and aided primary schools as the Education Department announced an increase in 74,000 full and 13,000 partially free places to be taken up in that schoolyear. The Government's policy aim was to ensure that no child was deprived of education due to their parents' inability to pay tuition fees. Interim measures towards ultimately providing free education for every Hong Kong child were taken. These included a proposed increase in the fee remission rate from 20 to 30 per cent or higher in some schools, if the existing rate did not meet demand. In addition, school fees in urban Government and aided primary schools had been reduced by 20 to 25 per cent while still lower fees were charged for those in the New Territories. Grants of $20 a year per free-place holder were given to each Government and aided school to buy textbooks and exercise books. THE Government accepted a $1.12 million tender offered by property owner and developer, Henry Fok, to buy the Victoria Heights building in Hong Kong. The seven-storey residental building at 43A Stubbs Road, was occupied by senior Chinese civil servants but was damaged by a landslide during a rainstorm in 1966. The disaster resulted in the deaths of the then Assistant Director of Education and his family. It was later surrendered to the Government for essential structural repairs at a cost of $340,000. When asked to comment on reports that the building was haunted, Mr Fok said that he did not believe that was the case and had no plan to get rid of the ''ghosts''. Mr Fok said he was considering what to use the building for. The options included either aresidential or business purpose, such as a private nursing home, clinic or school.