Eight schools have applied to the Education Bureau for permission to increase fees for the coming school year by between 20 percent and 30 percent, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
They are among the 139 private, international and Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools that applied to the bureau for approval to increase their fees.
Of the local private schools, 47 had applied for approval of fee increases by Monday — 30 of them seeking to raise fees by up to 7 percent, 12 seeking an increase of 7.1-20 percent and five eyeing an increase of 21-30 percent.
The bureau has already granted 19 of these applications, with the increase for a Primary 1 place ranging between 3 percent and 16.3 percent. Only two of these 19 schools asked for an increase that is lower than the inflation rate of 4.2 percent.
The privately run primary section of Kowloon True Light School is raising school fees for all its grades by 10-21.6 percent.
Among the international schools, 35 are seeking to raise fees up to 7 percent, and 11 want increases between 7.1 percent and 20 percent.
Twenty of the international schools seeking to increase fees have obtained approval.
The Independent Schools Foundation will be charging nearly HK$200,000 (US$25,800) a year for Grade 12.
Annual school fees for Harrow International School Hong Kong will start at HK$150,000 in the new school year.
Fees for Kellett School’s primary section will start at HK$143,000.
Meanwhile, 36 DSS schools have applied to the bureau to freeze their school fees, and 46 others are seeking an increase.
Of these 46, 36 have applied for an increase of under 7 percent, six seek an increase of 7.1-20 percent, and the other three are planning a 21-30 percent increase.
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