NO Year One student was admitted to the private Hong Kong College of Technology Institute of Higher Education (香港專業進修學校) in Ma On Shan (馬鞍山) this school year, the Education Bureau (教育局) said.
The post-secondary institution, which had targeted an intake of 25, was the worst affected among 19 self-financing institutions which saw 80 percent of them drawing fewer freshmen for bachelor’s degrees than they had estimated.
Only four institutions among the 19 reached their targets: Baptist University School of Continuing Education (香港浸會大學持續教育學院) with 126 students, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (香港樹仁大學) 1,337, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (香港科技大學) 48 and the Open University of Hong Kong (香港公開大學) 1,860.
Seven could not reach 50 percent of the estimated intakes.
Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (香港教育專業人員協會) vice president Cheung Yui-fai (張銳輝) said the situation may be due to high tuition fees of at least HK$50,000 a year, and the recognition of the qualifications.
He said some of the institutions do not have a long history, which may also affect their admission rate.
Secretary for Education (教育局局長) Eddie Ng Hak-kim (吳克儉) told the Legislative Council meeting in a written reply on 1 June that the number of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (香港中學文憑) graduates in the 2016-17 academic year will be 52,100. This will decline to 43,500 in 2020-21.
(This article is published on Sing Tao Daily on 9 June 2016)
Hong Kong College of Technology
Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund