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First international boarding school in Hong Kong coming on stream (with photos)

     The Permanent Secretary for Education, Mr Raymond Wong, met the Headmaster of Harrow School in the UK, Mr Barnaby Lenon, the Executive Headmaster of Harrow International Schools, Dr Mark Hensman, and Director of Harrow International School (HK) Limited, Mr Barry Cheung, today (April 13), and is pleased to note the good progress made since the allocation of the Tuen Mun site for the development of the first international boarding school in Hong Kong.

     "The Government is committed to supporting the development of a vibrant international school sector in Hong Kong to underpin our aspiration to be Asia's world city and a regional education hub.  With the establishment and operation of Harrow HK in Tuen Mun, I believe that we can attract more students from different parts of the world to study in Hong Kong and provide new impetus of international boarding education into the diversified school sector.

     "The planned provision of 1,500 school places with 560 boarding places in the ultimate development by Harrow HK, which is more than the requirement of the Government, demonstrates its confidence and commitment to Hong Kong as an education hub. This will definitely help address the educational needs of children of expatriates' families who come to Hong Kong for investment or work and attract overseas students to come to Hong Kong for studies," said Mr Wong.

     "The Government attaches great importance to the quality of education. Noting the tight quality control of Harrow UK over Harrow HK on curriculum and boarding education, we expect the new experience will facilitate further development of the international school sector.  We will continue to monitor the provision of international school places and take the necessary measures to meet the demand of the community." he added.

Ends/Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Issued at HKT 12:39


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