Hing Tak School headmistress misses board hearing

The headmistress of a Tuen Mun school, which is accused of inflating student numbers, failed to turn up for an Education Bureau hearing on Monday. Officials said they were disappointed that the principal of Hing Tak School, Chan Cheung-ping, failed to give them a response in person to the allegations. They said her lawyer instead promised to provide them with a written reply. The school’s board is now expected to meet on Friday to consider if Chan should be allowed to continue in the post. Chan had denied any wrongdoing after allegations about falsified student numbers surfaced. She said the missing pupils were mainland children who went on leave but never returned. According to the regulations, if student strength is on the decline, schools face cutbacks and even closure.