Parents reminded to submit Primary One application forms

     Parents who wish to apply under the Primary One Admission (POA) System for a Primary One (P1) place for their child in any government or aided school in September 2012 should submit their applications starting next Monday (September 26).

     A spokesman for the Education Bureau said today (September 23) that parents intending to apply to a particular government or aided primary school at the Discretionary Places Admission Stage should submit the completed application forms with all supporting documents directly to that school during school office hours between September 26 and 30.

     "At the Discretionary Places Admission Stage, parents may apply to a school in or outside the school net in which they reside. However, they are encouraged to select a primary school in the neighbourhood to reduce unnecessary transportation problems," the spokesman said.

     He reminded parents that individual schools would process the applications with sibling(s) studying or parent(s) working in the school first at the Discretionary Places Admission Stage. Applicants of this category should all be admitted by the school. The schools would then allocate school places to the remaining applicants according to the Points System. As such, it is not necessary for parents to waste time and money to prepare portfolios on their children for reference by the schools concerned.

     The spokesman reminded parents to submit only one application form for each child, otherwise their application for a POA discretionary place would be rendered void.

     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.

     Parents who opt to apply only for Central Allocation should submit the completed application forms and supporting documents during office hours between September 26, 2011, and January 13, 2012, to the Education Bureau's School Places Allocation Section (Primary One Admission) 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P1 place for their child under the POA System, the application will be rendered void and the P1 place allocated will be withdrawn.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 is 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 said.

Ends/Friday, September 23, 2011
Issued at HKT 15:02