Easier for overseas students

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 April, 1998, 12:00am

A friend of mine has been studying in England for two years. Although she comes from Hong Kong, she has applied for a place at Hong Kong University (HKU), as an overseas applicant.

The university told her to submit her General Certificate of Education (GCE) results in August if she can get grade E or above in Chinese and English. This requirement is so low. Is this being fair to local students? Local students must work hard to get into HKU. It appears to be easier for overseas applicants.

Maybe it is assumed that overseas applicants have a higher standard of English than those applying from Hong Kong. However some of those students have only been studying for two or three years and yet submit their applications as overseas applicants. Therefore, the university should not automatically assume that just because an application is coming from abroad that means that person's English will be better than the student seeking entry from Hong Kong.

HKU should give consideration first to local students, before it considers those applying from overseas for the places that are left. It should appreciate that the A-Level exam is far more difficult than the GCE exam.