Cash 'needed for admissions'
The process of selecting university students will need more money if more than exam results are to be taken into account, says Professor Cheng Kai-ming, pro-vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.
Professor Cheng said recruitment was done 'very hastily' without interviews for most faculties nor evaluation of candidates' other abilities.
'Universities should inject more resources to their admissions offices . . . it's worthwhile because it will affect the whole life of our students,' Professor Cheng said.
At Oxford University, recruiters stayed with candidates on campus for a few days taking part in different programmes before interviews took place, he said.
Students who display strong interaction and organisational skills would be accepted even if their entrance exams results were not the best.
Professor Cheng said exam results should count for about half as much as they did now with more emphasis on extra-curricular activities.
A scheme launched last year admitted about 400 students with outstanding performance in non-academic areas to universities despite unimpressive A-level results.
The reform proposed students should study a mix of six subjects in arts and science before entering university. Social skills, productive or vocational activities, community services and sports should be regarded as equally important.
Stephen Hui Chin-yim, Subsidised Secondary Schools Council chairman, said: 'The shift of emphasis from universities can help speed up changes in the curriculum in secondary schools which has been criticised for being too exam-oriented.'