SCMP Thursday, August 16, 2001

Extra 14,400 Form Six places urged


An extra 14,400 Form Six positions should be provided for Form Five graduates who are qualified for further study but rejected by schools, a major political party has suggested.
The proposal by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong would mean 32 new schools would have to be built at a cost of $480 million.
DAB lawmaker Yeung Yiu-chung said the lack of Form Six places meant at least half of Form Five graduates missed out.
"Although many students are qualified to continue their study this year, the Form Six school places available can only satisfy less than half of them . . . we have to increase our school places to cope with the demand of these students," he said.
About 50,000 Form Five graduates scored at least eight points in their best six subjects in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations, the minimum for Form Six, but there are only 24,300 places available.
Mr Yeung's call came as Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa pledged on Monday to provide more opportunities for Form Five leavers. He said he was disheartened to see helpless students turned away by schools.