Monday, February 7, 2000 SCMP

Upgrade for schools committee

QUINTON CHAN


An education advisory group is to be upgraded to become a statutory body in 2002. As a first step, the Committee on Home-School Co-operation will be registered as a corporation in September.

Chairman Tik Chi-yuen said the Education Department had agreed to amend the Education Ordinance next year to give the body the higher status.

The group was set up in 1993 to advise on ways to promote parents' involvement in education.

"This move can increase our efficiency as we can have our own staff and secretariat," Mr Tik said. "In addition, we can have commercial sponsors. Many companies have approached us to take advantage of our connection with parents."

The group, which organises more than 850 parent-teacher associations, has adopted a high profile in recent years.

It published a guidebook last week with basic information on 753 kindergartens in the SAR.

The group has also been involved in a dispute over a book planned for April about the selection of secondary schools.

It will compare results in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, taken in Form Five, with scores in Primary Six, as scaled by the Academic Aptitude Test.