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Application forms for Primary One available on Monday

     Parents who want to apply for a Primary One (P1) place in government or aided schools for their children in September next year under the Primary One Admission (POA) System can obtain application forms starting Monday (September 8) until October 3.

     A spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) said today (September 5), "All Hong Kong children born on or before December 31, 2003, are eligible to join the POA System for admission to P1 in September 2009 provided they have not attended any primary schools and have never been allocated a P1 place."

     "Parents of children who are attending kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres may obtain the application form, explanatory notes on how to complete the application form and an information leaflet from their own kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres."

     "For parents of children not attending kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres, the documents can be obtained from District Offices (Public Enquiry Service Centre) and the EDB's Regional Education Offices and School Places Allocation Section."

     The completed application form together with all supporting documents should be submitted directly to a government or an aided primary school of the parents' choice for a POA discretionary place during school office hours between September 26 and October 3 (excluding Saturday, Sunday and public holiday).

     At the Discretionary Places Admission stage, the school chosen is not restricted to the school net in which the child resides. However, parents are strongly advised to take account of possible transport problems when selecting a school not in their neighbourhood.

     "Only one application should be submitted for each child. If parents are found to have applied to more than one government or aided primary school, their application for a POA discretionary place will be rendered void," the spokesman said.

     If parents are applying only for the POA Central Allocation, they may return the completed application forms, with supporting documents, during the period from September 26, 2008, to January 16, 2009, to the EDB's School Places Allocation Section at 2/F, Lui Kee Education Services Centre, 269 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai.

     "When completing the POA Application Form, parents should fill in the actual residential address of their child. If a false address is given by parents to secure a P1 place for their child under the POA System, the application will be rendered void and the P1 place allocated will be withdrawn. The public are encouraged to report suspected cases of using a false address for POA applications to the School Places Allocation Section by calling the hotline at 2832 7700," the spokesman reminded parents.

     "About 65% of government and aided primary schools will implement small class teaching in phases starting from P1 in the 2009/10 school year. For schools implementing small class teaching, allocation will be based on 25 students per class.  For schools not implementing small class teaching, allocation will be based on 30 students per class.  Information on procedures for the different stages of POA and the discretionary places quota of each school are available from the bureau's 24-hour hotline at 2891 0088 and its homepage:  (Path: Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Education > Education System > School Places Allocation Systems > Primary One Admission System)", the spokesman added.

     Parents who wish to enrol their children in the Direct Subsidy Scheme primary schools, private primary schools or primary schools of the English Schools Foundation should apply to these schools directly as they are not included in the POA System. Parents should note that children who have accepted the offer of P1 places in Direct Subsidy Scheme primary schools will not be allocated P1 places in government or aided primary schools through the POA System.

Ends/Friday, September 5, 2008
Issued at HKT 17:04


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