Primary 6 student Wu Wing from Fresh Fish Traders’ School in Tai Kok Tsui was relieved Tuesday to find out she has been admitted to Secondary 1 at the Maryknoll Fathers’ School in the coming school year.
It is her late mother’s wish come true, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.
Wing’s mom died from an illness in February.
The 13-year-old girl said she was grateful to her mother and the principal of Fresh Fish Traders’ School, Sze Chi-king, and her teachers.
“Thank you for looking after me like a father after my mother was gone,” Wing told her principal.
She thanked her teachers, who tirelessly helped her with the funeral of her mother and moving.
Sze said it was the wish of Wing’s mother that her daughter would be enrolled into Maryknoll Fathers’ School.
The principal said she has great sympathy for the girl, who was put through many difficult moments at such a young age.
Coming from a single-parent family, Wing had been living alone with her mother since she was little.
Her mother was diagnosed with kidney and heart diseases when the young girl was in Primary 4.
Wing’s mother was due to undergo surgery in April but was hospitalized in February and died six days later.
The daughter is now living in a children’s home after her father refused to live with her.
Aspiring to become a scientist, Wing said she will work hard to become a contributing member of society, as her mother always wanted her to be.
Wing was among the 29 out of the 32 Primary 6 graduates at the Fresh Fish Traders’ School who were awarded their first choice in the secondary school places allocation exercise for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Meanwhile, many secondary schools were seen sending teachers and even student representatives to distribute promotional leaflets to parents at the School Places Allocation Section of the Education Bureau in Kwun Tong, in an attempt to get students to enrol in their schools.
Given that there were as many as 5,200 Secondary 1 places still available on Tuesday, Hong Kong Subsidized Secondary Schools Council chairman James Lam Yat-fung said many schools were worrying about the need to trim the number of Secondary 1 classes or risk closure if they fail to sign up sufficient new students.
Last year, it was reported that some school representatives offered parents of prospective students free school uniforms and other benefits to attract them to enrol.
Lam was critical of the government for not taking the necessary measures to address the oversupply of school places.
He expects the competition among schools to snap up students to continue next year, as there will be a reported surplus of more than 4,000 school places.
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