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    Rightmind & Other Kindergarten Closures

    Privately run Rightmind International Nursery and Kindergarten in Ap Lei Chau will cease operation in July this year.
    From September 2023 to last month, another 14 kindergartens announced their closure, while at least 17 have decided to cease operation this school year.
    And more to come...

    The main reason blamed for the closures is the birth rate, which dropped from over 50,000 in 2019 to 33,000 last year and led to fewer schoolchildren going to kindergarten, causing difficulties in operation, Lam told The Standard.

    In addition, the Education Bureau predicted that the number of three-year-olds who will start Kindergarten 1 is set to fall 34 percent from 44,000 last year to 29,000 in 2026.
    https://www.thestandard.com.hk/secti...ion/11/262558/
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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    Rightmind is closing down because of the COVID issues they had with their new Sham Wan Campus. The landlord wants them to fork out the rent which they were asking for relief due to COVID restrictions, etc. They at the end had to shut down the campus because kids weren't going to school, deregistering as it was all virtual class for toddlers which doesn't make much sense (might as well save the tuition and teach them at home).

    I think they gave back the location back to the landlord, but landlord is enforcing their "long-standing" agreement for rent. I think they've finally gotten a court order to wind down their entire company just to fullfill the landlord debt. They will go into receivership possibly in July (mid-jun is the court date i heard).

    As always, it's landlord dispute and rent related.

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    I guess more and more people ask: Who in their Rightmind still sends kids to school here?

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    maybe add Little Frog Learning Center, all premises are reportedly closed

    (chinese news)
    https://www.hk01.com/%E7%A4%BE%E6%9C...B7%9F%E9%80%B2

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    Survival of the fittest. There is still very high demand for top reputation schools in good locations. The demand hasn't shrunk for those schools, it has only grown even more competitive as many more parents/families who are staying in Hong Kong (mainly those who have the high earning potential) want to send their children there.

    But the ones that are not as popular, not as known, those are the ones that will be forced to close unfortunately.


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    Time for those primary schools with low student numbers to use this to their advantage and start kindergarten classes.

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    It's a vicious cycle.

    Low birth rates > Drop in Student intake > Drop in income for schools > Teachers laid off > and/or School Closure

    Without funds / intervention there will be more school closures/mergers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ArrynField:
    It's a vicious cycle.

    Low birth rates > Drop in Student intake > Drop in income for schools > Teachers laid off > and/or School Closure
    That's not a cycle unless somehow school closures will lead to lower birth rates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qhank:
    That's not a cycle unless somehow school closures will lead to lower birth rates.
    A vicious slippery slope
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    Less crowds. It's rather enjoyable. Let's keep it up.


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