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Application forms for Primary One Admission available from tomorrow
     ​A spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) said today (August 31) that all Hong Kong children born on or before December 31, 2018, are eligible to join the Primary One Admission (POA) System for admission to Primary One (P1) in September 2024 provided they have not attended any primary schools and have never been allocated a P1 place.
Digitalisation of POA
     In line with the Smart Government strategy, the EDB has fully digitalised the POA starting from this year. Parents who have registered as POA e-platform (ePOA) users and bound their account to the "iAM Smart+" may submit applications and check the results for discretionary places and Central Allocation online via ePOA. The EDB encourages parents to register with "iAM Smart+" (www.iamsmart.gov.hk/en/reg.html) as early as possible for more convenient and faster P1 school place allocation services.
Submission of applications for discretionary places
     At the Discretionary Places Admission stage, the school chosen is not restricted to the school net in which the child resides. Parents who wish to apply for a POA discretionary place in a government or aided primary school should submit an application via ePOA (epoa.edb.gov.hk) from September 21 to 29. Please refer to the related videos and Parent's Guide on the EDB's website (www.edb.gov.hk/en/edu-system/primary-secondary/spa-systems/primary-1-admission/poa_eplatform/index.html) for details of the procedures for creating an ePOA account and submitting applications for discretionary places via ePOA.
     If parents choose to submit paper application forms, they may obtain the Application Form for Admission to Primary One, Notes on How to Complete the Application Form for Admission to Primary One, POA information leaflet, etc, from their children's kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centres, District Offices (Home Affairs Enquiry Centres), and the Regional Education Offices and School Places Allocation Section of the EDB from tomorrow (September 1). They should submit the completed application form together with all supporting documents directly to the school during school office hours between September 25 and 29. Parents who are unable to submit the application form in person may authorise in writing a representative to bring the above-mentioned documents to the school on their behalf. 
     The spokesman reminded that irrespective of whether the application is submitted via ePOA or in paper form, parents should submit only one application for their child. If parents have applied to more than one government or aided primary school, their application for a POA discretionary place will be rendered void. In addition, parents should not submit duplicate applications via ePOA and in paper form for the same child. Parents who wish to enrol their children in Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) primary schools or private primary schools (including international schools) should apply directly to those schools as they are not included in the POA System. Parents should also note that children who have accepted the offer of P1 places in DSS primary schools will not be allocated P1 places in government or aided primary schools through the POA System.
Application for Central Allocation only
     If parents are applying only for the POA Central Allocation, they should submit an application to the EDB via ePOA or in paper form on or before January 26, 2024. For submission of paper forms, they should return the completed application form and supporting documents to the School Places Allocation Section (Primary One Admission) of the EDB at Office 2, 2/F, Manulife Financial Centre, 223 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong. Parents are advised to note that the School Places Allocation Section will be relocated to Podium Floor, West Block, Education Bureau, Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre, 19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong, in the fourth quarter this year. Details will be announced on the EDB's website in due course.
Residential address
     "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. If a false instrument has been used or a false statutory declaration has been made in the application, the offender is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 14 years or imprisonment for two years and to a fine respectively under the Crimes Ordinance. Suspected cases of using a false address for POA applications may be reported to the School Places Allocation Section by calling its hotline at 2832 7700," the EDB spokesman said.
     The information leaflet for POA 2024 is available on the EDB's website for parents' reference. Other details of POA and the discretionary places quota of each school will be available from tomorrow on the EDB's website and 24-hour Automatic Telephone Enquiry System at 2891 0088.
Ends/Thursday, August 31, 2023
Issued at HKT 15:10
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