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Delay in the construction work of government primary schools

LEGCO QUESTION NO.10

Date of sitting: 8 May 2002

Asked by: Hon CHEUNG Man-kwong

Replied by: SEM

Question:

Regarding slippage in the construction works of new school premises of government and aided secondary and primary schools, will the Government inform this Council:

  1. of the schools whose new premises were completed in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of that year when the new school year began, and those whose new premises failed to meet the schedule, in each of the past five years, with a breakdown by school districts and the profile of slippage for less than three, six, nine and 12 months or more than one year respectively;

  2. of the schools whose new premises will be completed this year in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of this year when the new school year begins, with a breakdown by school districts; and the schools the construction works of whose new premises are expected to be delayed, as well as the length of slippage;

  3. of all the causes of the slippage in the construction works;

  4. as delays in construction works of new school premises have often occurred over the years and caused confusion in school operations, such as upsetting the plans for their conversion into whole-day schooling, causing new schools to defer their first school day or to have to use the premises of other schools temporarily, whether the Education Department has provided any support to the affected schools; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and

  5. of the long term measures to solve the problems of frequent slippage in the construction works on new school premises?

Reply:

Madam President:

To ensure that new school premises are completed on schedule, relevant government departments have all along been closely monitoring the progress of school building programmes. We have set up a School Building Programme Review Committee, an inter-departmental committee comprising representatives from the Education Department (ED), the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) and the Housing Department (HD), to monitor the progress of all school projects. All possible remedial actions will be taken once slippage is identified so that improvement could be made soonest possible. Details of new school premises completed and put to use in the past five years are at Annex I.

  1. As shown in Annex I, the majority of school projects were completed on schedule. There may be occasional slippage due to the following reasons -

    (1) unsatisfactory performance of contractors (such as poor management, labour dispute and financial problems);

    (2) some schools located in public housing estates could not be completed on schedule due to slippage in the housing estate projects;

    (3) unforeseen technical problems (such as geotechnical and piling problems); and

    (4) disruption caused by bad weather.


  2. According to our original school building programme, 23 new schools will be completed in the 2002/03 school year. Details are at Annex II.

    Similar to past years, we have been monitoring closely the progress of school projects. Our assessment up to late April was that there might be a slippage in six school projects this year. It is mainly due to the persistently unsatisfactory performance of a contractor who happens to be in charge of five of these school projects. ArchSD immediately took remedial measures at the end of last year when it noticed that the progress was slow. Measures taken include interviews, written warnings, and deployment of in-house architects to station on the sites for inspection and supervision. The contractor has also been suspended from tendering for other public works projects pending improvement in its performance. We hope that the above measures could urge the contractor to expedite progress so that the schools could be completed on schedule. If the projects fail to complete on time, we will seek compensation from the contractor in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contracts. The remaining project is located in a public housing estate and is delayed due to rainy weather and unforeseen technical difficulties in piling. HD has taken follow-up actions and will closely monitor the progress.


  3. Although there is occasional delay in school projects and the delay is only a matter of a month or so, we consider that this situation is not satisfactory. Our target is to ensure that all school projects could be completed before the commencement of a new school year. To achieve this target, we have taken the following actions -

    (1) enhancing communication among relevant departments and advancing procedures related to site identification, feasibility studies, planning and funding approval etc., so as to allow a buffer between project completion and school commencement;

    (2) streamlining procedures for capital works programmes. The streamlined procedures have applied since November 2001. For example, after the streamlining, the time required for feasibility studies has been reduced by about two to three months; and

    (3) strengthening supervision of contractors' performance. To have a deterrent effect, contractors whose performance is poor will be suspended from tendering for public works projects for a period of time and required to compensate under the contracts.

    While we will monitor and expedite the school projects through measures mentioned above, we will also keep schools well informed of the latest progress so that they could plan accordingly. If the school premises could not be completed on schedule due to project delay, ED will take the initiative to discuss with schools concerned for contingency measures, such as identifying suitable temporary school premises, borrowing the premises of other schools, adjusting the plans for conversion into whole-day schooling, etc., so as to minimise the impact on teachers and students.

Annex I

New Schools completed during the period 1997 to 2002

New schools completed in 1997

School District Name of school Completed
in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of that year
Delay
Within 3 months Within 6 months Within 9 months Within 12 months More than one year
Eastern

Kln City
Kln City

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Islands

Islands

Islands

Islands

North

Tuen Mun

Tsuen Wan

Tsuen Wan
Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College
Alliance Primary School, Whampoa
GCEPSA Whampoa Primary School
Wellington Education Organisation Chang Pui Chung Memorial School
STFA Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School
NTW&JWA Leung Sing Tak Primary School (Tseung Kwan O)
Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Primary School
Po On Commercial Association Wan Ho Kan Primary School
Ho Yu College (spomsored by Sik Sik Yuen)
PLK Mrs Ma Kam Ming Cheung Fook Sien College
YCH No. 5 Secondary School (Skills Opportunity)
SMKMCF Ma Ko Pan Memorial College
Shek Chung Shan Memorial Catholic Primary School
Hong Kong Baptist Convention Primary School
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Total : 13 1 0 0 0 0

New schools completed in 1998

School District Name of school Completed
in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of that year
Delay
Within 3 months Within 6 months Within 9 months Within 12 months More than one year
Eastern

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Sai Kung


Sai Kung

Sai Kung
Sai Kung

Sai Kung
Kwun Tong

North

Tai Po

Tai Po

Shatin

Yuen Long

Yuen Long
Tuen Mun

Kwai Tsing
Fukien Secondary School (Siu Sai Wan)
Christian & Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Primary School
Pok Oi Hospital Chan Kwok Wai Primary School
LCHKS Ma Kam Ming Charitable Foundation Ma Chan Duen Hey Memorial College
HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School
Chi Lin Buddhist Primary School
Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Primary School
Tseung Kwan O Pui Chi School
HKTA Chan Lui Chung Tak Memorial School
Christian Alliance S. W. Chan Memorial College
Carmel Holy Word Secondary School
China Holiness Church Living Spirit College
Caritas Ma On Shan Secondary School
Buddhist Mau Fung Memorial College
PLK Law's Foundation School
TWGHs Mr & Mrs Kwong Sik Kwan Skills Opportunity School
Po Leung Kuk Tsing Yi Secondary School (Skill Opportunity)
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Total : 17 0 0 0 0 0

New schools completed in 1999

School District Name of school Completed
in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of that year
Delay
Within 3 months Within 6 months Within 9 months Within 12 months More than one year
Southern

Eastern
Eastern

Eastern
Eastern

Islands

Islands

Kwun Tong
Kwun Tong

Yau Tsim
Mong
Shum Shui Po

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

Sai Kung

North

North

Tai Po

Tai Po

Sha Tin
Yuen Long

Yuen Long


Yuen Long

Yuen Long


Yuen Long

Yuen Long

Tuen Mun

Tuen Mun

Tsuen Wan
SKH Tin Wan Chi Nam Primary School
Munsang College (HK Island)
CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School
Lingnan Secondary School
HKCWC Hioe Tjo Yoeng Primary School
Ling Liang Church Sau Tak Primary School
Ling Liang Che Wun Secondary School
St. Antonius Primary School
Po Chiu Catholic Secondary School
Po Leung Kuk Camoes Tan Siu Lin Primary School
Ka Ling School of the Precious Blood
Tseung Kwan O Catholic Primary School
Po Leung Kuk Wong Wing Shu Primary School
Pok Oi Hospital 8th Anniverary Tang Ying Hei College
Christian & Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School
Yan Chai Hospitals Wong Wha San Kei Secondary School
Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School
Pentecostal Yu Leung Fat Primary School
Ling Liang Church M H Lau Secondary School
Tai Po Government Primary School
St. Rose of Lima's School
The Jockey Club Eduyoung College
Yuen Long Public Middle School Alumni Association Tang Siu Tong Secondary School
Lions Club Ho Tak Sum Primary School
Queen Elizabeth School Old Students Association Branch Primary School
Tin Shui Wai Methodist Primary School
TWGHs Leo Tung-Hai Lee Primary School
Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Secondary School
NLSI Peace Evangelical Secondary School
Hoi Pa Street Government Primary School
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Total : 29 1 0 0 0 0

New schools completed in 2000

School District Name of school Completed
in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of that year
Delay
Within 3 months Within 6 months Within 9 months Within 12 months More than one year
Southern

Southern

Southern

Eastern
Eastern

Eastern
Eastern

Yau Tsim Mong

Yau Tsim Mong

Yau Tsim Mong

Yau Tsim Mong

Wong Tai Sin

Kwun Tong
Kwun Tong

North
North

Sha Tin

Sha Tin
Sha Tin

Sha Tin

Sha Tin
Yuen Long

Yuen Long

Yuen Long
Yuen Long

Yuen Long
Yuen Long

Yuen Long

Kwai Tsing

Kwai Tsing
HKCCGA Cheng Jack Yiu School *
Precious Blood Primary School (South Horizons)
Hong Kong Southern District Government Primary School
St. Mark's School
The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Pui Kiu Primary School
Aldrich Bay Government Primary School
HKMA David Li Kwok Po College
Yaumatei Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road)
Sir Ellis Kadoorie Secondary School (West Kowloon)
Tai Kok Tsui Catholic Primary School (Hoi Fan Road)
Tsz Wan Shan St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School
Fukien Middle School
Lok Wah Catholic Primary School
Fanling Kau Yan College
SKH Ka Fuk Wing Chun Primary School
CUHK PAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School
Tak Sun Secondary School
SKH Ma On Shan Holy Spirit Primary School
Ma On Shan Methodist Primary School
PLK Riverain Primary School
Chinese YMCA Secondary School
Tin Shui Wai Methodist College
Cumberland Presby Church Yao Dao Primary School
XPY Primary School of Science and Creativity
Chinese YMCA Primary School
Christian Alliance SY Yeh Memorial Pimary School
HKFYG Lee Shau Kee Primary School
The Church of Christ in China Yenching College
SKH Tsing Yi Estate Ho Chak Wan Primary School
 

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Total : 24 5 1 0 0 0

* This school was planned to be built together with the adjacent public housing estate and to provide school places for the designed population of the estate. Due to slippage of the estate project, the completion date of the school was deferred accordingly.

New schools completed in 2001

School District Name of school Completed
in accordance with the planning schedule and put to use in September of that year
Delay
Within 3 months Within 6 months Within 9 months Within 12 months More than one year
Eastern

Kwun Tong

Kwun Tong

Kwun Tong

Kwun Tong
Kwun Tong

Kln City
Kln City

Kln City

Kln City

Islands
Islands

North

Yuen Long

Yuen Long
Yuen Long

Yuen Long


Tuen Mun

Tuen Mun

Kwai Tsing
HKU Graduates Association Primary School
Pegasus Philip Wong Kin Hang Christian Primary School
The Mission Cov. Church Holm Glad Primary School
St. Matthew's Lutheran School (Sau Mau Ping) *
Sau Ming Primary School
Sau Mau Ping Catholic Primary School
Holy Family Canossian School
Kowloon Tong Government Primary School
SKH Fung Kei Millennium Primary School
Ma Tau Chung Government Primary School (Hung Hom Bay)
HKFEW Wong Cho Bau School
The Salvation Army Lam Butt Chung Memorial School
Fanling Assembly of God Primary School
STFA Wu Mien Tuen Primary School
WF Joseph Lee Primary School
Tin Shui Wai Heung To Middle School
Not yet fixed (School sponsor is Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee School Ltd.) *
Po Leung Kuk East Horizon Primary School
Hong Chi Morninghope School, Tuen Mun
SKH Chu Oi Primary School *
 







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Total : 29 1 0 0 0 0

Annex II

New Schools to be completed in 2002

(1) New schools to be completed as scheduled and put to use in September

School district Name of school (name of school sponsor)
Wong Tai Sin PLK Grandmount Primary School
Wong Tai Sin St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School
Wong Tai Sin Wong Tai Sin Catholic Primary School
Wong Tai Sin Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College
Kwun Tong Bishop Paschang Memorial School
Kwun Tong Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si College
Kwun Tong Not yet fixed (Hong Kong Buddhist Association)
Kowloon City La Salle Primary School
Tai Po Not yet fixed (Po Leung Kuk)
Tai Po Not yet fixed (Hong Kong & Kowloon Kaifong Women's Association)
Kwai Tsing Not yet fixed (Church Body of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui)
Kwai Tsing Not yet fixed (Po Leung Kuk)
Yuen Long Not yet fixed (Hong Kong Student Aid Society)
Yuen Long Not yet fixed (Christian & Missionary Alliance Church Union)
Yuen Long Not yet fixed (Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China)

(2) New schools to be completed as scheduled and put to use after September

School district Name of school (name of school sponsor)
Sai Kung GT School
Sai Kung Logos Academy

The above schools are located in a public housing estate. To tie in with the housing development, it is our original plan to have the new schools put to use after September.

(3) New schools which may be delayed and not ready for use in September

School District Name of school (name of school sponsor) Period of delay
Shum Shui Po Laichikok Catholic Primary School May be delayed to September 2002
Shum Shui Po Shum Shui Po Government Primary School May be delayed to September 2002
Tai Po Tai Po Old Market Public School May be delayed to September 2002
Kwai Tsing CCC Kei Chun Primary School May be delayed to September 2002
Kwai Tsing Not yet fixed (Church Body of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui) May be delayed to September 2002
Eastern Not yet fixed (Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China) May be delayed to October 2002

 

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