Final-year primary students' fate revealed

Final-year primary students' fate revealed

Emotions run high as Hong Kong's primary students find out where they'd be going to school in the next academic year

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Li Hoi-yiu (left) and Chan Wing-sze, of Yaumati Catholic Primary School, celebrate getting their preferred choices.
Li Hoi-yiu (left) and Chan Wing-sze, of Yaumati Catholic Primary School, celebrate getting their preferred choices.
Photo: Dickson Lee/SCMP

The wait was over yesterday for many final-year primary students as they were told which secondary school they'd been allocated.

Around 72 per cent of the pupils at Yaumati Catholic Primary School got their first choice, while 88 per cent were offered a school in their top three.

About 60 per cent of the pupils will enter English-medium secondary schools when the new academic year starts in September.

Joey Leung, whose 11-year-old daughter was offered her first choice, CCC Ming Kei College in Tai Kok Tsui, cried with joy when she got her result. "I've been so worried because my daughter's exam performances were not very good and she's been under a lot of pressure," said Leung.

Some parents whose children were not allocated any of their top three choices rushed out of the school after getting the results, hoping to "knock at the doors" of their preferred schools to see if they could find a place for their children.

Despite getting his first choice of St Joseph's College, Toby Lam Tsun-yin, 11, joined others in trying his luck at Queen's College (QC) with his father. "It has better academic results," Toby explained.

"QC is one of the best schools," his father Lam Kin-fai said. "The chances of Toby getting in are slim but it's still worth trying."

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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