More than 100 parents have signed an online petition against the English Schools Foundation's (ESF) plan to combine three schools in Ho Man Tin into one large learning campus called the Kowloon Learning Campus.
The three schools to be merged are secondary school King George V School (KGV), primary school Kowloon Junior School (KJS) and special educational needs school Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (JCSRS).
The petition asks the ESF, which runs many international schools in Hong Kong, to delay the plan for at least a year to allow more time to address parents' concerns. One of the main concerns is that teachers from the other two schools would not be qualified to look after pupils from JCSRS, the only ESF school focusing on special educational needs.
KGV student Wincy Leung, 18, is concerned about students with learning difficulties. "I think integration would be detrimental for everyone," said Leung. "It will result in more bullying and discrimination for students with learning difficulties. These students require more care and attention from staff members in a purpose-built special needs school."
However, at least one KGV student isn't too worried about sharing the campus. "The plan to combine KGV, KJS and the Sarah Roe School is aimed at giving the latter two a chance to use KGV's wide range of facilities and resources," the 13-year-old said. "This plan might create the need to relocate some lessons, but this is nothing new in the school."
The plan is due to be discussed at an ESF board meeting tomorrow. Staff reporter, additional reporting by John Kang