SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Yu Yat-lung was among 257 successful applicants for the last Form Six places available through the Education Department - but he would have to travel four hours a day for the privilege. Yat-lung, who lives at Cheung Sha Wan, was assigned a place at the Buddhist Wai Yan Memorial College on Cheung Chau. To make matters worse, the science student was offered a place in an arts stream class. ''Isn't it crazy? I live in Cheung Sha Wan. It will take almost two hours to get to school,'' he said. ''And I'd have to make sure I don't miss the ferry or I'd have to wait an hour for the next ferry. ''I put Cheung Chau as my ninth choice just to fill all the 10 options of the priority list. I never thought I would be assigned to it. ''I have only visited Cheung Chau a few times in my life. I don't even know where the school is,'' he said. Yat-lung, who had obtained only 12 points in six HKCEE subjects (five points for a grade A and one point for a grade E), said he would give up the offer of the place and instead do a certificate or diploma course in a technical institute. A total of 1,948 students with a minimum of six points had applied for the 257 places left over after the first four stages in the admission procedure. Others said they were forced to turn down offers of places at far-flung locations. Shamshuipo student Mang Wai-ling, 17, was allocated a place in Sha Tau Kok Government Secondary School. She said she would apply to a private school or repeat Form Five rather than exhaust herself every day going to a school near the border in the New Territories. Chan Wai-lun, however, said he would accept a school in the border town of Sheung Shui even though he lives in Cheung Sha Wan because he did not want to go to work yet and the offer was his last resort. The Education Department said places were allocated on the basis of the applicants' exam results. It said 64 applicants were given places of their first choice, 45 their second choices, and 32 their third choices. A spokesman said students might still get a place at the beginning of the new school year next month as some might decide not to take up their places. About 23,500 Form Six places, an increase by 400 from last year, were available. Nearly 60 per cent were allocated on the day the HKCEE results were announced to students with 14 points or more.