Hundreds of students left scrambling for primary one places

On Saturday, June 1, disgruntled parents descended on popular schools in Hong Kong in a last ditch effort to secure a Primary One place for their child. Those whose children landed the school of their choice through Central Allocation (total of 27,334 children took part – 4,837 fewer than last year) were ecstatic, but for others the outcome was a disaster and the rush on schools has now become a stressful task. Some disappointed parents did not even receive an offer from their first five choices, sadly, it is more like their 8th and 13th choice. This would ultimately mean a two-hour journey to school every day for many.

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