Students with low HKCEE score compete for A-level alternatives

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 August, 2005, 12:00am

More than 56,000 students have already applied for places on Vocational Training Council (VTC) programmes as the annual scramble for alternatives to A-level study gets under way.

Just 39 per cent of the 85,862 students who took their HKCEEs in schools this year will find an A-level place and the remainder will compete for entry to diploma, higher diploma, pre-associate degree and other vocational programmes.

VTC spokesman Louis Li said applications to its programmes had risen over recent years as students became more aware of the success rate for Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination retakes.

'Students realise that their chance of gaining 14 points - the minimum required for A-level study - in retakes, if they have got less than 10 marks the first time around, is low,' he said.

The VTC expected 35,000 of the 56,000 applicants would qualify for admission, of whom about 16,000 would be placed in courses.

'The remaining 19,000 will go into other programmes such as Project Yi Jin and technical foundation certificate courses run by the VTC's 18 training and development centres,' Mr Li said.

Other alternatives include the Youth Employment Training Programme and the Youth Work Experience and Training Scheme.

Thousands of anxious school leavers will learn today whether they have bagged one of the city's treasured university places.

Nearly half of the 31,821 Form Seven students who applied to university this year have been rejected, according to figures issued by the Joint University Programmes Admissions System.

There were 2,005 fewer applicants than last year - a reduction of 5.9 per cent - yet the rejection rate fell only 1.6 percentage points to 47.8 per cent. The eight universities running degree courses have 485 fewer places than last year.

Places on degree courses have been offered to 11,469 students - 36 per cent of the total - and a further 5,121 students have been invited to join associate degree and higher diploma courses offered by City University and Polytechnic University.

The rest are left looking for places in associate degree and higher diploma programmes or at an overseas university.