EDB allocates greenfield site for establishment of Mainland curriculum school

     The Education Bureau (EDB) today (February 16) announced that Yew Chung Yew Wah Education Network Limited has been selected as the most suitable applicant body for the establishment of a non-profit-making private school offering Mainland curriculum on a greenfield site (see Annex) in Tin Shui Wai.

     A spokesman for the EDB said, "With the vibrant development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Hong Kong's commitment in promoting the interflow of talent with the Mainland and creating strong impetus for growth, it is expected the demand from Mainland families in Hong Kong for Mainland curriculum school places will rise. The establishment of a school offering Mainland curriculum will address such a demand in a timely manner."

     Subject to the progress of construction works, the school is expected to commence operation in the 2026/27 school year at the earliest, and will offer about 900 Mainland curriculum primary and secondary school places in phases. The relevant organisation will work towards offering 12 years of primary and secondary Mainland curriculum education, and the majority of the students enrolled shall be non-local students.

     The spokesman said that the EDB had allocated the site via an open and competitive bidding mechanism under the School Allocation Committee. Organisations were invited to express interest in July 2021 and eight applications were received in total. The Committee which comprises both non-official members and government officials had assessed the applications by taking into account a host of factors, including the experience and expertise of the operator in running the Mainland curriculum, whether it has a good organisation structure, proper governance and sound financial footing, as well as the quality of its school proposal.
     Separately, there are at present over 50 international schools offering different non-local curricula, enabling children whose parents come to Hong Kong for work or investment to study in Hong Kong and then continue their studies in local schools upon return to their hometowns. Such schools play an instrumental role in attracting and retaining talent and investment.

Ends/Thursday, February 16, 2023
Issued at HKT 10:00