Date
25 June 2017
Harrow International School Hong Kong currently has 344 local students, or 31.5 percent of its total student population of 1,093. Photo: Facebook/Harrow International School HK
Harrow International School Hong Kong currently has 344 local students, or 31.5 percent of its total student population of 1,093. Photo: Facebook/Harrow International School HK

15 international schools exceed EDB limit for local admissions

Fifteen international schools were found to have admitted more local students than allowed by the Education Bureau, Apple Daily reports.

The EDB has lowered the ratio of local students allowed in international schools from 50 to 30 percent of the entire student body in 2009, in an effort to reserve sufficient school places for expatriate families in Hong Kong.

However, the percentage of local students in international schools has been on the rise, going up from 15.9 percent in school year 2013/14 to 19.2 percent last year, the bureau said on Wednesday.

In a report to the Legislative Council, the EDB said 15 of the 51 international schools in Hong Kong were found to have admitted local students beyond the allowable ratio.

Harrow International School Hong Kong currently has 344 local students, or 31.5 percent of its total student population of 1,093.

Annual school fees in the prestigious institution range from HK$160,000 to HK$190,000, while parents must cough up HK$5 million in corporate bonds or HK$600,000 in private bonds in order to be given preference for admission.

The situation is worse in Kingston International School and Think International School, where more than 70 percent of the students are local.

Local students at Kiangsu-Chekiang College (International Section) and Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong account for more than 55 percent of the student body.

For the 2016/17 school year, international schools in the city admitted 38,000 students, of which 7,700 were locals.

So far the EDB has not taken any action on international schools that exceeded the limit.

A government report published in 2014 asserted that the choice of school that parents make for their children should be respected, if they can afford the higher tuition in private institutions.

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