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Frequently Asked Questions on Placement Assistance

A. Universal basic education

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Q: How old can a child be considered within the universal basic education age?

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Q: At what age can a child be allocated with a primary 1 school place?

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Q: For a child already attending a school, if they cannot continue their studies in the original schools for reasons such as moving houses, family financial problems or disputes etc, and have to continue their studi es in a new school, how can parents find a new school for them?

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Q: For children already attending a school, if they do not want to continue their studies in the original schools and want to change to a new school because of personal reasons, such as having different learning aptitudes or abilities, parents looking for alternative curriculum to cultivate their children etc, how can parents obtain useful information and find a suitable school for them?

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Q: How can newly arrived children get a school place in primary 1 / secondary 1?

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6.
Q: How can newly arrived children from the Mainland get a school place in Hong Kong?

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Q: How can newly arrived children from foreign countries get a school place in Hong Kong ?

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B. Pre-school education/diversified curriculum and education opportunities

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Q: For children aged under 6 (including newly arrived children) wishing to attend school, how can they get a school place?

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Q: For children already attending a school, if they do not want to continue their studies in the original school and want to change to a new school because of personal reasons, such as having different learning aptitudes or abilities, parents looking for alternative curriculum to cultivate their children etc, how can parents obtain useful information and find a suitable school for them?

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3.
Q: How does EDB handle student dropouts aged over 15?

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4.
Q: How does EDB handle student dropouts aged over 15?

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Q: For adults who have not completed basic education (i.e. Secondary 3) or Secondary 6, what are the ways available for them to upgrade their qualifications and employment skills?

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C. Placement of Newly Arrived Children

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Q: What supporting documents do non-local children need to have if they are to be enrolled in schools in Hong Kong ?

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Q: How can newly arrived children get a school place in primary 1 / secondary 1?

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Q: If the newly arrived children have been studying in junior or senior secondary classes in the Mainland/overseas, how can their academic levels be aligned with the local education system?

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Q: How can newly arrived children from the Mainland get a school place in Hong Kong ?

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Q: How can newly arrived children from foreign countries get a school place in Hong Kong ?

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Q: My child will soon complete the secondary education in the place of origin. Can he/she enter the local Secondary Six (S6) classes directly? If he/she wants to sit for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, what are the entry requirements of this examination?

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Q: My child has obtained very good academic results in the place of origin and I hope to find some schools specialized in nurturing gifted students for him/her. Does Hong Kong have such a kind of schools? Are there any services for grooming gifted students?

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D. Medium of Instruction

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Q: Which secondary schools in Hong Kong adopt English as the medium of instruction?

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Q: Apart from international schools, what other schools in Hong Kong admit non-Chinese speaking children?

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Q: Which schools in Hong Kong use Putonghua as the teaching language?

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E. Others

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Q: Can the government offer a school place for my child near my residence?

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Q: My child has got very good academic results and I hope to find some schools specialized in nurturing gifted students for him/her. Does Hong Kong have such kind of schools? Are there any services for grooming gifted students?

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Q: How can parents and the public search for information of individual schools?

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4.
Q: If some families have financial difficulties and are unable to pay the kindergarten fees, what can they do?

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Q: The financial burden of purchasing textbooks, paying school fees and travel expenses can be very heavy to some families. Will the government provide any financial assistance to the needy families?

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