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2009 Secondary Six Admission Procedure
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     The 2009 Secondary Six Admission Procedure will begin on August 5, the day when Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) results are released.

     A spokesman for the Education Bureau said today (July 24), "The procedure is aimed at assisting participants of the HKCEE to seek Secondary Six (S6) places in public sector schools, and as far as possible, to continue sixth form education in their own schools. We also hope to maximise the utilisation of subsidised S6 places and help students avoid anxiety in seeking S6 places."

     This year, more than 25,000 S6 places are available in government, aided and caput schools.

Arrangements for 2009

     Similar to previous years, under the five-stage admission procedure, current year HKCEE candidates with 14 points or more from the best six subjects in one sitting of HKCEE can apply to their own or linked schools in Stage I (morning of August 5) or apply to other schools in Stage II (afternoon of August 5 and morning of August 6).

     Current year HKCEE candidates who satisfy the minimum A-level entry requirements can apply to their own or linked schools in Stage III (afternoon of August 6) or apply to other schools in Stage IV (August 7).

     For non-current year candidates, those with 14 points or more from the best six subjects in one sitting of HKCEE may apply to schools in Stage II (afternoon of August 5 and morning of August 6), and those who satisfy the minimum A-level entry requirements may apply in Stage IV (August 7).

     Current year HKCEE participants who satisfy the minimum A-Level entry requirements but still have not secured an S6 place in Stages I to IV can apply for Central Allocation in Stage V at one of the following centres from 9am to 3.30pm on August 8:

* Queen's College (120 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay)
* Kowloon Technical School (332-334 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Shamshuipo)
* Sha Tin Government Secondary School (11-17 Man Lai Road, Sha Tin)
* NTHYK Yuen Long District Secondary School (123 Kau Yuk Road, Yuen Long)

     The Central Allocation stage will be cancelled and the Central Allocation Centres will not operate if there are no vacancies, or vacancies are available in only one school after Stage IV. In the latter case, eligible students should apply to that school directly. Details of the arrangement will be announced through the media on completion of Stage IV in the evening of August 7.

     Students from the following types of schools are reminded to find out from their own schools what their linked school is:

* schools which do not operate S6 classes
* schools which operate only one stream of S6
* private schools
* evening schools

     PLK Vicwood K T Chong Sixth Form College will treat private candidates as its feeder students.

     To help students apply to other schools in Stages II and IV, the Education Bureau will release S6 vacancy information on the Internet(www.edb.gov.hk/s6ap_e) and through the S6 Vacancy Information Hotline at: 3499 1111 (Cantonese); 3499 1112 (Putonghua); 3499 1113 (English).

     Students may use the computers for public use at public libraries, District Offices, community centres and community halls to access vacancy information on the Internet. They may also obtain the basic information of schools such as address, location and telephone number through the newly added [map] icon or the hyperlink to the school name on the above-mentioned webpage.  

     S6 vacancy information will also be displayed at the bureau's Regional Education Offices at the beginning of each session of Stages II, IV and V. All secondary schools are also advised to make their vacancy information available to students for reference.

     Since all schools will admit only students satisfying the requirements set for individual stages, students should, based on their own HKCEE results, submit applications in accordance with the time schedule of the appropriate stages.

     There will be a perforated S6 Admission Slip attached to the HKCEE Results Notice. Since the slip will be detached and retained by the school as a record of admission, students should consider carefully before accepting the offer of an S6 place. No school will admit a student without the admission slip.

S6 Joint Admission Centre (JAC)

     Schools in Tai Po, North, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan & Kwai Tsing, and Islands Districts will continue to operate JACs. The venues are listed below:

* Tai Po - Carmel Holy Word Secondary School (10 Tai Po Tai Wo Road, Tai Po, NT)

* North íV TWGH Kap Yan DirectorsíŽ College (Choi Yuen Estate, Sheung Shui, NT)

* Sha Tin - Christ College and HK & KLN CCPA Ma Chung Sum Secondary School (Sha Kok Street, Pok Hong Estate, Sha Tin, NT)

* Tuen Mun íV Semple Memorial Secondary School and CSBS Mrs Aw Boon Haw Secondary School (18 Siu Lun Street, Tuen Mun, NT and 20 Siu Lun Street, Tuen Mun, NT)

* Yuen Long íV Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School (20 Fung Nin Road, Yuen Long, NT)

* Tsuen Wan & Kwai Tsing - LST Ku Chiu Man Secondary School and STFA Lee Shau Kee College (301 Kwai Shing Circuit, Kwai Chung, NT and 303 Kwai Shing Circuit, Kwai Chung, NT)

* Islands íV HKFEW Wong Cho Bau Secondary School (Fu Tung Estate, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, NT)
    
     The Islands District JAC will operate in Stage IV, while the rest will operate in Session 1 of Stage II only. Details of the admission arrangements at the JAC are available at the Education Bureau's Secondary Six Admission Procedure webpage(www.edb.gov.hk/s6ap_e)

Recognition of Alternative Chinese Language Qualification(s) under the Procedure

     The arrangements of recognition of alternative Chinese Language qualification(s) under the procedure will continue in 2009 and be applicable to all schools.  Under these arrangements, provided that applicants holding alternative Chinese Language qualification(s) have fulfilled the specified circumstances and all the admission requirements pertaining to the respective admission stage (including school-based admission criteria), and have attained equal points compared with their counterparts, they will be given conditional offers at the respective stage of the Procedure pending confirmation at the release of the relevant examination results in late August.  

Applied Learning (ApL) courses  

     As in the past four years, successful completion of a quality-assured ApL course (the list of quality-assured ApL courses is available at www.edb.gov.hk/FileManager/EN/Content_6865/quality-assured%20courses%20in%202009.pdf) will be counted as one point by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority in the calculation of points for the purpose of entry to the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE). The maximum number of points accumulated in respect of the ApL courses for admission to HKALE is two.

     As for the procedure 2009, the scores for ApL courses will be counted for central allocation in Stage V. Individual schools with students who have successfully completed quality-assured ApL courses are given the flexibility to decide whether to count these scores in Stages I to IV. This year, 159 schools have opted to count point(s) awarded on merit of a pass in ApL course(s) for students' applications for admission to S6. This school list is available at the Education Bureau's Secondary Six Admission Procedure webpage and the chapter on Release of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination Results of "Careers Guidance Handbook for Secondary 5 Graduates 2009-2010".

Other Points to Note

     This year, the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Careers Masters and Guidance Masters Association have continued to jointly publish the "Careers Guidance Handbook for Secondary 5 Graduates 2009-2010" for distribution to Secondary 5 students via their respective schools. Copies are also available at the bureau's Regional Education Offices as well as District Offices for private candidates and evening school students.
  
     Students should visit the homepage of the Education Bureau and read the "Careers Guidance Handbook for Secondary 5 Graduates 2009-2010" for the latest update and details about the Secondary Six Admission Procedure.

     Schools have been advised to take note of the latest development of Human Swine Influenza (HSI) during the Procedure, and refer to the "HSI Pandemic Mitigation Phase Guideline on School Functions and Extra-curricular Activities" issued by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health to take proper precautionary measures for conducting admission work and avoid aggregating a large number of students for a long period of time to reduce transmission of HSI among students.

     In case of adverse weather conditions, the procedure may be postponed. Special arrangements for the affected stages of the procedure will be announced through radio and television. As application for S6 places is not made on a first-come-first-served basis, students should observe the weather conditions and need not rush to schools to wait for application.  

Central Hotline Service

     For enquiries about the procedure, students can call the Central Hotline (Tel: 3590 3100) which will come into operation between August 3 and August 12. They are also welcome to contact the bureau's Regional Education Offices for assistance.

Ends/Friday, July 24, 2009
Issued at HKT 17:03

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