Date
11 December 2017
A screen grab of the Hong Kong Academy website shows the school's facade.  A report says the school charges 100 times the government cap on kindergarten application fees. Photo: Hong Kong Academy website
A screen grab of the Hong Kong Academy website shows the school's facade. A report says the school charges 100 times the government cap on kindergarten application fees. Photo: Hong Kong Academy website

Your chosen school bilking your little one? Maybe, says Sing Tao

If you have a child in a certain kindergarten school in Sai Kung, you could be paying through the nose in application fees.

That is if you haven’t been hit for that ridiculous amount of money already.

And if your child happens to be in a certain school in Taipo, you’re better off — but not a lot.

Hong Kong Academy in Sai Kung charges HK$3,000 (US$386.93) per student, 100 times the HK$30 application fee allowed by the government. International College Hong Kong in Tai Po requires HK$2,800 for each applicant, Sing Tao Daily reported Friday.

In fact, many international kindergarten schools have been skirting the cap introduced in 2000 to prevent overcharging.

The government has ordered Hong Kong Academy to stop the practice and wants all kindergarten schools to get official approval for any fees above the regulatory cap, the report said.

Lam Chui-ling, vice chairwoman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, said application charges should be capped at a fixed ratio to tuition fees.

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