There are kindergartens that will be closed! The 11-year-old St. Paul's Church Kindergarten (North Point) was suddenly announced to be closed on 9 September next year during the admissions period and merged with the Central School of the same school sponsoring body. The Education Bureau replied to the "HK1" enquiry to confirm the news, and said that it had just received the notice of suspension from the school, and had reminded the school to notify parents and various stakeholders of the relevant arrangements as soon as possible, and would liaise closely with the school to provide appropriate advice and assistance.
According to the circulars circulating on the Internet, the school decided to suspend the school after careful consideration due to the sharp decline in the number of students due to factors such as rent pressure, the epidemic and the wave of immigration, as well as the failure of the Education Bureau to provide the full amount of the school rental subsidy, resulting in a deficit in the operation of the school sponsoring body.
St. Paul's Church Kindergarten in North Point will cease to operate in September 2024. (File photo)
Circulars circulating on the Internet that schools are under heavy rent pressure and are running in deficit
St. Paul's Church Kindergarten in North Point was established in 2012 as the school sponsoring body of S.K.H. St. Paul's Church, and the campus is located in Home Ting Shopping Mall in Wofoo Centre. The school is a non-profit kindergarten and is included in the government's kindergarten education program, with half-day classes in the morning and afternoon, and tuition is free of charge. According to the Kindergarten Overview, as of September 2022, the total number of students is 9.
Some people posted a notice on the Internet from the school to parents, saying that the kindergarten will be closed from September 9 next year and will be merged with the kindergarten in Cindy Nali in Central, which is owned by the same group. The school explained that the school has been under heavy rent pressure, coupled with the impact of factors such as the epidemic and the wave of immigration, which has led to a sharp drop in the number of students. The EDB's failure to provide full school rental subsidy resulted in a deficit in the operation of the SSB.
According to the information, the new school is also subsidized by the government, and the tuition fees for morning and afternoon classes are free of charge. According to the school, parents who are interested in transferring to the new school will be arranged to visit the Central campus early next month to see the environment and equipment.
Closure on 9 September next year The Education Bureau confirmed that it had received a notice of closure from the school
The Education Bureau replied to "HKHK01" to confirm the news, saying that it had just received a notification from St. Paul's Church Kindergarten (North Point) that the school will be closed from the 2024/25 school year, and all students currently studying in the school can choose to continue their studies in St. Paul's Church Kindergarten in the Central and Western District.
According to the EDB, schools have been reminded to inform parents and stakeholders of the relevant arrangements as soon as possible, and will maintain close liaison with the kindergartens concerned to provide appropriate advice and assistance. If necessary, parents may contact the District School Development Section or the Joint Office of Kindergartens and Child Care Centres for information on the vacancies in kindergartens in the district.
HK01 has also enquired with St. Paul's Church Kindergarten and the school sponsoring body in North Point about the decision to suspend its operation, and is awaiting reply.
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