Date
23 October 2019
The Education Bureau said it hopes parents and students will accept the secondary school places allocation results ‘with a positive attitude’. Photo: HKEJ
The Education Bureau said it hopes parents and students will accept the secondary school places allocation results ‘with a positive attitude’. Photo: HKEJ

Fewer students get secondary school places of their choice

The government announced on Monday that 87 percent of students who sought secondary school places under the allocation system were granted seats in one of their top three choices of schools.

In total, 52,917 students participated in the Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) System in the current allocation cycle, according to the Education Bureau (EDB).

Taking into account the total number of students who were allocated discretionary places and the first three choices through central allocation, the overall satisfaction rate stood at 87 percent.

As for the students who were offered their first choice of schools, the satisfaction rate was 74 percent.

However, both the above ratings marked their lowest levels since 2013.

“We hope parents and students can accept the allocation results with a positive attitude,” EDB said.

“The learning effectiveness of students does not rest only on the schools to which they are allocated; it hinges more on whether students are prepared to adopt a proactive approach and to learn with a positive spirit,” the bureau said in a press release.

“In this connection, it is important for parents to continue to support and encourage their children, rather than let their expectations become a burden on their children.”

The bureau reminded that all Primary Six students participating in this year’s SSPA System should return to their schools tomorrow to collect the Allocation Slips and Admission Slips.

Students also need to report to the secondary schools allocated during the registration period, which has been set for July 11 and 12.

Starting from the next cycle, SSPA 2020, participating secondary schools will be required to, after processing applications for discretionary places, notify parents of successful applicants of their children’s inclusion in their Successful List for Secondary One Discretionary Places on a date specified by the Education Bureau.

For SSPA 2020, that date has been set at March 31. 

There will no longer be a need for the parents concerned to fill in the Choice of Schools Forms at the central allocation stage beginning in April.

WL/RC