Date
20 July 2017
At Gigamind English Primary School, the tuition fee  is HK$74,800 a year, payable in 11 instalments of HK$6,800 each. Photo: gigamind.edu.hk
At Gigamind English Primary School, the tuition fee is HK$74,800 a year, payable in 11 instalments of HK$6,800 each. Photo: gigamind.edu.hk

Private schools hike tuition fees by up to 28%

The 50 private schools in Hong Kong and the 45 in the direct subsidy scheme raised their tuition fees by between 3 percent and a stunning 28.6 percent when the new school year started this month, Sky Post reported Thursday.

A woman surnamed Chu, who has a daughter in Grade 10 in Pui Kiu College in Sha Tin, said the tuition fee for this year rose 6.7 percent to HK$23,900 from HK$22,400.

Although the increase translated to a little over HK$100 per month, fees for other items, such as textbooks and extracurricular activities, will also be raised.

“We don’t have that much of an increase in our wages,” Chu said.

By the end of August, 50 private schools and the 45 direct subsidy schools had sent their applications for fee increases to the Education Bureau.

Pak Kau College in Tin Shui Wai raised its school fees by 28.6 percent, the highest among private schools.

Gigamind English Primary School in the same district raised its fees by 22.5 percent, the highest among direct subsidy schools.

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