There were whoops of joy and wails of frustration early yesterday as more than 71,000 Primary Six students learned what schools they will be attending in September. Nearly nine in 10 had secured a place in one of their top choices, but some of the less fortunate were critical of an allocations system that determined their academic future through a game of chance. Ominous dark clouds gathered above Yaumati Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road) in Yau Ma Tei, moments before pupils were set to receive the results of their applications for secondary schools at 8am. Shortly afterwards the heavens opened and soaked the city for most of the next three hours. But the weather did not dampen the spirits of those who had won places in sought-after schools - nor did it weaken the resolve of those determined to hunt for a better option. Dick Lei Chak-Hung and his mother, To Mei-ling, were delighted after receiving the result. 'I was nervous and I could not sleep last night and I am happy now,' Ms To said. Groups of equally lucky pupils gathered together to share their happiness. Cheng Wai-tat got a place at Ying Wa College. 'I am happy to get a place at that school,' Wai-tat said. 'I like playing basketball as I want to be a sports star in the future.' Lily Foo looked relaxed because she knew her son, Curtis Yu Chung-ting, had already been accepted by St Stephen's College in Stanley, a direct subsidy scheme school, about two months ago. 'My son likes outdoor activities and that college is famous with academic and extra-curricular activities, which fit his character,' Ms Foo said. But not everyone was so lucky. One girl burst into tears when she got her result, while others could be seen talking to teachers to get advice. Some parents unhappy with the central allocation result joined thousands across the city who decided to circumvent the system, racing to traditional elite secondary schools in the hope of gaining so-called 'door-knock' places. Yiu Tsun-wo was one of dozens of students knocking at the door of Methodist College, on Gascoigne Road, at about 10am. 'I was a little bit disappointed. I am quite nervous because I have to knock on the doors of other schools,' Tsun-wo said. 'I chose this English-medium school because I can study up to university education. English is important and helpful for me to find jobs.' Lam Tung-shan and her parents were among a steady stream of hopefuls searching for a place at True Light Middle School in Tai Hang. Her mother said they had jumped into a taxi as soon as they heard Tung-shan had failed to get a place in any of her top choices. 'We were already very lucky to have arrived this early despite the traffic congestion and the heavy rain,' she said. 'This school was our desired one. It has a good reputation.' The vice-principal, Hui Tuen-yung, said the school had received fewer than 200 applications this year, compared with 200 to 300 in past years. There were just eight places available.