Primary school allocation is a serious concern for many young families. photo: RTHK
About 67 percent of 32,000 prospective Primary One pupils were given schools of their first three choices in the government’s central allocation scheme on Saturday.
The figure is the lowest in three years, and many parents were left disappointed that their children cannot attend their preferred schools.
Some families who live in Shenzhen also complained that their children were allocated schools in faraway areas such as Tung Chung and Tsing Yi.
They say the arrangement is unreasonable as their children would be forced to commute a long way each day.
But the Education Secretary, Eddie Ng, said there are already well-established school bus services to take children to and from border checkpoints to the different schools.