SCMP Friday, July 27, 2001

Appeals system fails 740 students


Updated at 6.53pm:
Nearly a quarter of students, 740 in all, who appealed against gender discrimination in secondary school allocations failed to find alternative schools, the Education Department said on Friday.
Of the 7,722 applications received, 3,001 were classified as successful, said the department.
"Among them, more than 2,200 were offered places at schools of higher preference choices," said Director of Education Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.
"But regrettably, we do not have enough alternative school places for the rest of 740," said Mr Cheung. "We have to wait till next week, after the finalised school places allocation is announced tomorrow, to seek other arrangement."
He added that a waiting list would be drawn up and school principals would be asked to take in these 740 appellants if vacancies were available in the coming school year.
He also said the Education Department would mobilise regional officers this weekend to offer advice and alternative school information for parents of affected students.