School closures, school-based management and medium of instruction are top of the Legislative Council's Education panel agenda. In their first meeting this week since the Legco election, Civic Act-up lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan was elected chairwoman, taking over from Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker Tsang Yok-sing. Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, who represents Kowloon West, was elected deputy chairwoman. The panel is due to meet on Thursday to discuss the policy address. On November 10, members are set to discuss further improvements to the Diploma of Secondary Education Examination system, campus development at Baptist University and the threat of closure of secondary schools. Dr Leung said she would like to see school closures and refinement of the medium of instruction policy in secondary schools discussed immediately. 'Closing schools down cannot be a permanent policy,' she said, adding it was shortsighted to tailor education to the present population when there could be an influx of immigrants and 'we welcome babies to be born in Hong Kong'. Dr Leung also said the refinement of the medium of instruction should be a priority due to inadequate consultation of university academics. 'Universities are the final takers of secondary students; their language standard is a major concern.' Education lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong said issues relating to the implementation of school-based management would be the most urgent. By July 2009, aided schools have to submit proposals for setting up an independent management committee to establish a more accountable and transparent management. The government could take over a school's management if it refused to do so. 'This will cause severe conflicts to schools' autonomy,' Mr Cheung said. 'At least many elite schools will reject this idea.'