Reached amicable agreement
I FEEL obliged to respond to an article which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on December 31, headlined, 'RTHK cuts airtime for secondary school test'.
The tone of the article was critical of Radio Television Hong Kong, because the normal 40 to 45-minute Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) listening test has had to be shortened to 30 minutes when the Examinations Authority switches to the use of a radio broadcast in the 1995 examination. I would like to make it clear that the Examinations Authority is extremely appreciative of the co-operation it has had from the staff of RTHK in working out the arrangements for broadcasting the test. They have agreed to broadcast the test on both RTHK Radio 4 and RTHK Radio 5.
In addition, they will broadcast a practice run on March 21 which many schools will use as a 'mock exam' to help smooth the way for the real exam on May 12.
When discussions took place between the Examinations Authority and RTHK on the arrangements for the broadcast, it was amicably agreed that the test should be kept to 30 minutes so as not to unnecessarily interfere with their normal scheduling. Schools have been notified of the changes this entails - they are minimal and in no way interfere with the integrity or reliability of the test.
C.C. CHOI Secretary Hong Kong Examinations Authority