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Subsidy delays threaten asylum seekers' schooling

2017-11-22 HKT 19:06
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  • Asylum seeker Ssekimwanyi Lawrence says he fears he will have to pull his children out of kindergarten because he can't pay the fees. Photo: RTHK
    Asylum seeker Ssekimwanyi Lawrence says he fears he will have to pull his children out of kindergarten because he can't pay the fees. Photo: RTHK
Ssekimwanyi Lawrence talks to RTHK's Jimmy Choi
About two dozen people staged a protest outside the Student Finance Office in Cheung Sha Wan on Wednesday, accusing officials there of failing to pay out subsidies for asylum seekers on time.

The League of Social Democrats, which has been helping around 10 families, said asylum seekers often struggle to pay school fees for their children because they have to wait months for the money to arrive.

Ssekimwanyi Lawrence, who came to Hong Kong seven years ago from Uganda, said he was still waiting for the subsidies for his two children at kindergarten three months after he applied.

Lawrence told Jimmy Choi that the kindergarten has threatened to kick the children out if he doesn't pay the fees by next week.

"I begged the teachers to allow my children to enter the school, they said they cannot enter unless the school fees are paid."