The number of students in Form 6 has been declining year after year, which has caused a "winter" in the admission of self-financed colleges and universities.
The Hong Kong Institute of Technology, which specializes in overseas degree courses and advanced diplomas, will open a secondary school diploma in English and mathematics tuition classes in the new school year. The tuition fee is about 100 to 120 yuan per hour.
The principal Shi Meizhen accepted the inquiry of "Hong Kong 01". The colleges are currently "very high in fiscal surplus". This year's enrollment has increased by 35% compared with the same period last year. Therefore, this time is not to open up a "financial path". Half of the cost is described as "giving back to the society" by opening cram schools.
The Hong Kong Institute of Technology, which specializes in overseas degree courses and advanced diplomas, will open a secondary school diploma in English and mathematics remedial classes in the new school year.
The number of applicants for the Secondary Six Diploma Examination continues to decrease, and will hit a trough of about 43,000 next year. In the past, many self-financing institutions had insufficient enrollment.
The 24-year-old Hong Kong College of Science and Technology mainly runs Yi Jin, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor's degree programs co-organized with overseas universities.
100 to 120 yuan per hour
In recent months, the Hong Kong Institute of Technology has published advertisements in the newspapers. In the new school year, it will offer English and mathematics tutoring classes for the Diploma of Secondary Education at a rate of $100 to $120 per hour.
Take the English basic intensive reading class as an example. A total of 11 classes cost 2,640 yuan; the 6 classes of mathematics star test preparation class cost 1,800 yuan.
Class locations are Tin Shui Wai, Fanling and Wong Tai Sin campuses.
In recent months, the Hong Kong Institute of Technology has published advertisements in newspapers to promote cram schools.
Benefit from government subsidies to increase the attractiveness of articulating degrees
Principal Shi Meizhen accepted the inquiry of "Hong Kong 01" and pointed out that the current financial surplus of the institution is very high, and the enrollment this year has increased by 35% compared with the same period last year. This is mainly due to the government's approximately 30,000 non-means-tested subsidy to start the institution. The top-up degree courses are attractive, and advanced diplomas are also popular with students.
Looking at the documents of the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, the actual number of students enrolled in the college in the 2016/17 school year was 303, which dropped to 241 and 217 in the next two school years. After the 2019/20 school year, it rebounded and rose to 256. The 2020/21 school year The number rose to 334.
The 2020/21 school year is expected to enroll 280 places, which is nearly 20% higher than expected.
Shimeizheng pointed out that the tuition classes use experienced teachers, and the fees are cheaper than those in ordinary shops. Institutions must "subside" half the cost of the tuition classes.
She pointed out that the opening of classes is to give back to the society and to help grassroots students to take the exam. It is not to open up "a way of making money," nor is it conceived as a "one-stop service" as a link between colleges and universities.
She pointed out that the publicity and registration of the HKDSE classes have just started this month, and no registration numbers are available.
As for the number of places, no final decision has been made. For the time being, each group will open one to two classes.
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