Kindergartens to Give Priority to Children of Hong Kong Residents
A majority of Shenzhen parents with children born in Hong Kong has cross the border this month to assist their children in gaining spots in kindergartens in Hong Kong which resulted an increase in applications in the regions northern area.
A lot of Hong Kong parents became upset as most of the kindergartens in the northern part of Hong Kong found near the mainland border are already full and complaints on border crossing children on their parents seizing the rights of their children. based on reports the number of children who are born to mainland families have already reached almost 30,000 compared to the 2003 wherein the numbers are only 709 and 20 percent of the children will be sent to Hong Kong schools by the parents.
Kindergartens have faced serious shortage in the number of seats but as the years comes by the problems are getting much worse. Before kindergartens in the north area usually save seats for children of mainland parents and children of whose parents are Hong Kong residents are asked to look for kindergartens in other areas in Hong Kong. Residents were complaining and those living in the northern areas were mad about the policy as now they are forced to look for schools far from their place.
This prompted the Hong Kong government to create an agreement with the kindergartens in the area to give priority to the children of two Hong Kong residents and children with one parent from Hong Kong while children of two mainland parents will be given the lowest priority.