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The issue of Primary Six students being required to attend secondary schools in other districts

LEGCO QUESTION No. 15(WRITTEN REPLY)


Date of Meeting: 25 April 2001



Asked by : Hon CHAN Yuen-han

Replied by : SEM

Question :

Regarding's Form One students attending secondary schools in districts other than those in which they attended their primary schools, will the Government inform this Council:

  1. of the number of Secondary One students who have to commute to schools in other districts in the current school year, and its percentage in the total number of Secondary One students; how these figures compare to those in the two previous school years;

  2. of the estimated number of Secondary One students who will have to commute to schools in other districts in the next school year;

  3. of the five districts expected to have the greatest numbers of students from other districts in the next school year; of the number of Secondary One students, the number of secondary schools completed and the additional number of Secondary One school places in each of these five districts in each of the past three years; whether land has been reserved in these districts for building schools; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and

  4. of the five districts which had the greatest numbers of newly-completed secondary schools in the past three years, and the number of Secondary One students from other districts and the additional number of Secondary One school places in these five districts in each of the past three years?


Reply:

Madam President,

Before responding to the questions of the Honourable Member, it may be helpful if I first set out Government's planning parameters for primary and secondary schools, and how the Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) system operates.

At present, the provision of primary school places is planned on a district basis to reduce the need for young pupils to travel a long distance. Secondary school places are planned on a territory-wide basis, although subject to the availability of suitable sites, new secondary schools are built to meet local demand.

Under the SSPA system, the whole of Hong Kong is divided into 18 secondary schools nets. Primary Six students are allocated to different school nets according to the districts where their primary schools are located. In addition to all secondary schools in the district, a school net may also include some secondary school places in other districts. This arrangement takes account of the number of students and choice. A Primary Six student will only be allocated to secondary schools belonging to his/her school net under the SSPA system. However, a student may apply for any secondary school in Hong Kong and be admitted through the 10% discretionary places, the allocation of which is determined by the secondary school.

a. The number and percentage of Primary Six students who have been allocated secondary school places in districts other than those where they attended primary schools (hereafter "other districts") in the 1998/99, 1999/2000 and 2000/01 school years are -

  1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01
Number of students (percentage) 7 413 (10.9%) 8 499 (12.1%) 9 504 (12.6%)
b. The Education Department (ED) estimates that about 8 900 Primary Six students will be allocated secondary school places in other districts under the SSPA system in the 2001/02 school year.
c. ED estimates that, in the 2001/02 school year, the Central and Western, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City and Wong Tai Sin districts will have the greatest number of Primary Six students allocated secondary school places in other districts. The number of Secondary One students, and the number of new secondary schools completed (as well as additional Secondary One places thus provided) in these districts in the 1998/99, 1999/2000 and 2000/01 school years are -

District 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01
No. of S1 students No. of new schools
(S1 places)
No. of S1 students No. of new schools
(S1 places)
No. of S1 students No. of new schools
(S1 places)
Central and West 2 743 - 2 696 - 2 648 -
Yau Tsim Mong 2 932 - 2 851 - 3 397 2 (560)
Sham Shui Po 4 186 - 3 779 - 4 053 -
Kowloon City 6 667 - 6 507 - 6 733 -
Wong Tai Sin 4 062 - 4 275 - 4 448 -


We have reserved a total of 15 sites in Central and Western, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City and Wong Tai Sin, which will become available between now and 2010 for the construction of new secondary schools. Details are -

District Number of sites Remarks
Central and Western 1 Site available in 2007
Sham Shui Po 2 Sites available now; schools under construction
2 Sites available in 2004
Kowloon City 2 Sites available now; school construction under planning
4 Sites available in 2005
1 Site available in 2006
Wong Tai Sin 1 Site available now; school under construction
1 Site available in 2003
1 Site available in 2005
d. The Hong Kong East, Yuen Long, North, Tai Po and Sai Kung districts had the greatest number of new secondary schools completed in the 1998/99, 1999/2000 and 2000/01 school years. In these three school years, the number of Secondary One students from other districts, and the number of new secondary schools completed (as well as additional Secondary One places thus provided) in these five districts are shown as follows -

District 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01
No. of S1 students from other districts No. of new schools
(S1 places)
No. of S1 students from other districts No. of new schools
(S1 places)
No. of S1 students from other districts No. of new schools
(S1 places)
Hong Kong East 373 1(240) 791 3(720) 964 2(275)
Yuen Long 125 1(240) 53 2(480) 60 2(240)
North 52 1(400) 47 1(240) 55 1(280)
Tai Po 45 2(480) 45 1(240) 74 -
Sai Kung 60 2(320) 494 3(720) 887 -

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