The National Education Centre is to lose its premises at the end of this month after the government decided not to renew its HK$1-a-year lease, according to the teachers' association behind it. Yeung Yiu-chung, president of the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, said the centre's activities, such as talks on national education, would now be hosted at the federation's Mong Kok offices. The lease finished at the end of June. Despite a request to rent the premises for another year, the Education Bureau decided to terminate the contract but gave the centre three months to move out. The federation set up the centre in 2004, and the government agreed to grant it the premises at an annual rent of HK$1 to promote the introduction of a school course designed to enhance Hong Kong pupils' sense of national identity. The contract was renewed several times without open tendering. From 2006 to 2008, the centre received an annual subsidy of HK$5.6 million from different government departments. The cash was halted last year, however, when the plan for compulsory patriotic education to be included in the school curriculum was shelved amid mass protests. Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim said the premises' new occupants would be chosen depending on the current needs of schools. The bidding process is due to start in November. Yeung said the federation would not be putting in a tender for national education activities.