The setting up of Independent Schools is one step towards the excellence of education. An independent school
enjoys the privilege of setting up their own scale of fees, the types of students to accept, the appointment
of teachers and principals as well as in curriculum matters. However they also conform to national education
policies such as the bilingual policy, the teaching of Civics and Moral Education and the preparation of students
for national examinations.
Autonomous schools can be government or government aided schools. They are given additional funds and more
leeway to execute their mission of providing quality education. These schools also
conform to national education
The Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools are established to maintain high standards in both English and
Chinese while preserving the traditional ethos existing in the schools. The secondary SAP schools offer the
Special course where pupils learn Chinese at a higher level and English.
The School Cluster Scheme was mooted as a management model to enhance the management of schools by reducing
centralized control and decision making. Under the scheme, a group of schools form a cluster
coordinated by a
Superintendent with the responsibility of facilitating networking and collaboration among the Principals of the
cluster schools. The Superintendents are also in charged of developing and supervising the Principals.
Single Session Schools
Some schools used to have double-session, i.e. two group of students, one group studies in the morning from
7.30 AM to 1.00 PM and the other group from 1.00 PM to 6.30PM. However by year 2000, all schools will be
single-session. The reason for this change is so that the school can make use of available facilities for extra-curricular
activities and enrichment programs in the afternoons.
Pupils with physical or intellectual impairment go to special schools which are run by voluntary welfare
organizations and are heavily funded by the government. Trained teachers are assigned to teach in these
schools. The schools are equipped with special facilities and specially designed curricular to prepare disabled
children for life and work in the society.