SCMP Thursday, June 29, 2000

'Filtering' of pupils denied

The head of a government school which is planning to cut links with two primary schools has denied the move is to avoid having to enrol pupils with poor grades.

The Education Commission has proposed that secondary schools be forced to accept all pupils from primary schools with which they are linked.

Schools have until October next year to decide whether to accept the "through-road" arrangement or sever links with the primary schools.

The New Territories Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School draws 25 per cent of its students from the Tuen Mun Government Primary School and Yuen Long Government Primary School. Teachers and school board members recently voted to cut links with the primary schools.

Principal John Tsoi Chong-tat said the intention was not to avoid taking on pupils with poor grades, but to give his school a chance to find a more compatible primary school. "We just want to search for a primary school which has a similar mission to us before deciding whether to accept 100 per cent of its pupils. We may have to de-link now because of the deadline.

"We need more time to decide from which school we will take on 100 per cent."