Exams authority set to change scoring system
The exams authority will give students sitting the HKCEE Chinese and English tests an absolute score rather than a relative grade from 2007, according to a report to be released today.
The report, compiled by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (Scholar), is also expected to propose subsidising English and Chinese-language teachers to undergo professional training.
At present, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination follows an approach known as a 'drawing curve', which reflects individual candidates' performance in comparison with all other candidates.
It is understood that the committee recommends the Examination and Assessment Authority change the method in Chinese and English tests, saying this could make them better indicators of candidates' language proficiency.
Scholar is also expected to recommend subsidising English and Chinese-language teachers who have not received professional training to attend relevant courses.
About 5,800 out of 30,000 Chinese and English-language teachers in Hong Kong's primary and secondary schools have not received professional training.
But Scholar has dropped the idea of introducing a language test applicable to anyone from primary pupils to professionals.
It is also understood that the government is likely to scrap the committee after its extended tenure expires at the end of March, with its functions taken over by the Curriculum Development Institute under the Education Department. In November, the government extended the tenure of 13 serving committee members to March 31.
The government announced earlier that the Board of Education, the territory's oldest advisory body on education, would merge with the Education Commission. The Education and Manpower Bureau and the Education Department will merge today.