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Forms for S1 discretionary places available for collection tomorrow

     Parents of Primary Six (P6) students participating in the 2012/2014 Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA) System will receive two application forms for Secondary One (S1) discretionary place (DP) through their children's primary schools starting from tomorrow (December 10), a spokesman for the Education Bureau said today (December 9).

     Students not studying in participating primary schools (including newly arrived children who are eligible for participating in DP) can obtain the application forms from the Education Bureau's School Places Allocation Section.

     "Parents wishing to apply for an S1 DP in government, aided, caput and Direct Subsidy Scheme schools participating in the SSPA System have to complete the application forms for their children and submit the Form with other necessary documents directly to the schools concerned during school office hours between January 3 and 22, 2014," the spokesman said.

     "The schools to which parents apply are not restricted by districts. Parents are strongly advised to consider the schools in all respects, such as their educational philosophy, culture, admission criteria, class structure, development and operation as well as their children's abilities, inclinations and interests to make a suitable school choice."

     One of the two application forms carries Order of School Preference 1 and the other carries Order of School Preference 2. Order of School Preference 1 stands for the student's first choice and Order of School Preference 2 stands for the student's second choice.

     Primary and secondary schools should not ask the students to disclose their order of preference. Applicants and their parents should not indicate their order of preference to the secondary schools.

     In addition, parents should submit not more than two DP applications. If parents are found to have applied to more than two participating secondary schools, their DP applications will be rendered void.

     The spokesman reminded parents that secondary schools should make public their admission criteria and weightings, their number of S1 DP for application as well as other documents required by them. Schools might arrange interviews, and applicants would be notified of the interview arrangements.

     "Students who are successful in the DP application will not be allocated a school place in central allocation (CA). Parents should, therefore, apply to school(s) of their preference. The Education Bureau will match students' preferences against schools' successful and reserve lists. If a student is successful in both schools to which he/she has applied, allocation will be based on the student's order of preference," he said.

     Parents may refer to the Handbook for Application for Secondary 1 Discretionary Places for the list of government, aided and caput as well as Direct Subsidy Scheme schools accepting DP applications and the number of DP places for applications.  The Handbook will be distributed to primary schools and available through the Bureau's homepage ( and 24-hour Automatic Telephone Enquiry System on 2891 0088 tomorrow (December 10).

     Parents are advised to consult their children's primary schools for enquiries about the DP application or approach the secondary schools directly.

     General enquiries may be directed to the Education Bureau's School Places Allocation Section (Tel: 2832 7740 and 2832 7700; Address: 2/F, Lui Kee Education Services Centre, 269 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai).

Ends/Monday, December 9, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:30


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