A mother who refused to let her daughter attend school after the girl was denied admission to the secondary school of her first choice was convicted yesterday in Kowloon City Court. Single mother Kung Lai-kwan, 48, was found guilty of failing to comply with an Education Bureau attendance order to send her daughter, Sze Po-yee, 14, to school. She will be sentenced in two weeks. Deputy Magistrate Cherry Hui Shuk-yee said Kung lied when she denied receiving the bureau's warning letters. Kung was also dishonest in telling the court she was misled by bureau staff into thinking her daughter would get a school place in new allocations, the judge found. "The defendant's testimony was totally unreasonable and dishonest. She caused her daughter to suffer for the sake of her own interests," Hui said. Sze was allocated a place at Hong Kong and Kowloon Chiu Chow Public Association Secondary School in 2010, but Kung rejected this, insisting that her daughter was an outstanding pupil who deserved to study at an elite school. Kung applied twice to Methodist College, which refused to accept her daughter. After the verdict yesterday, Kung - who was not represented by a lawyer - shouted in court: "I object. I object to the judge's unjust ruling. I want to make an appeal." She said her case should have been tried in an international court and broadcast live, and blamed the bureau's "policy confusion" for her daughter's failure to enter Methodist College and said the bureau's attendance order was a forgery. But Hui found that Sze had never been accepted by the school and said the forgery claim was ridiculous. The bureau sent three warning letters to Kung between March and May last year. In June, bureau officials tried to visit Kung at her home in a subdivided flat in Yau Ma Tei to serve her the attendance order, but Kung would not open the door. From inside the flat, she shouted at the officials that she wanted then-education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung to deal with her case. The officials left the letter in her mailbox and later sent her another copy by registered mail. She was remanded in custody after the trial yesterday. "Who's going to take care of my daughter," she wailed. Hui told her a social welfare officer would help.