Education officials are trying to meet the father of a Primary Two student who has kept his son out of school since May. Poon Chi-fai withdrew the nine-year-old from the Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School after a row over a HK$35 charge for travelling to a school picnic in November 2006. Mr Poon claimed the school in Tai Po was wrong to charge HK$35 and demanded that it report the case to the Education Bureau and police for investigation. The school refused. 'This is the price that we need to pay to seek the truth,' he said of his decision to withdraw his son from school. He said the boy had not suffered from giving up school as his wife, a Form Five graduate, was now teaching him at home. Mr Poon said education officials called him yesterday but he hung up because he was busy working. The Poon family has two boys. The eldest, now 14, graduated from the same primary school last year. Asked why he did not transfer his younger son to another school, Mr Poon said: 'Why should I? It is like giving up halfway.' The Education Bureau said officials had repeatedly reminded Mr Poon about children's rights to education and told him he should deal with his differences with the school in an appropriate manner. 'We will continue contacting the parents to discuss arrangements for a home visit,' it said in a statement, adding that Mr Poon might be sent a warning. The Education Ordinance empowers the bureau to order a parent to send a child to school. Parents who fail to comply face a maximum fine of HK$10,000 and a three-month jail term. The school did not return calls seeking comment. Cheung Man-kwong, who won re-election in the educational functional constituency on Sunday, said the father was wrong. 'No matter what the school has done, he should not do what he has done,' Mr Cheung said. 'If he really thinks the school is wrong, he can transfer his son to another school. 'And as far as I know, the primary school concerned is a good school.' The case is not the first of its kind. Leung Chi-kwong started a 30-month struggle with the education system when he withdrew his daughter Dearing, then nine, from a Tai Po primary school in February 2000, saying the education system was inhumane and he would teach her at home. The Education Department threatened legal action before Mr Leung sent her to a school in Hainan in 2002. She returned to Hong Kong a year later to start Primary Six schooling two years late.