Is Chan Yik-hei's early admission to the HKUST fair to other students?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 June, 2006, 12:00am

Name: Keith Lam

Age: 22

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Yes. Actually I don't know much about him. I just heard that a star was named after him because of his outstanding inventions. Although HKUST admitted him before his HKCEE results have been released, I think it's acceptable because a student's capability should not only be measured by his exam results. But I wonder if he can really become a successful scientist in future.

Name: Chris Nung

Age: 19

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Yes, I can't see any problem with it. The HKCEE is only a kind of qualification. It can't measure

the student's full potential. Universities also sometimes admit teenagers who have outstanding non-academic talents, such as in sports or the arts.

Name: Day Lui

Age: 23

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No, it's very unfair. I think the university should at least wait until he's finished his Form Six studies (the basic requirement of the Early Admission Scheme). My HKCEE results were poor so I could only study for an associate degree. But he has secured a degree place regardless of his HKCEE results.

Name: Shane Wu

Age: 18

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Yes, I agree that the university should consider a student's all-round capability. But I'm afraid that the Yik-hei is a bit too young to enter university. He may have problems adjusting to the university syllabus. Also, I think he will do better overseas because Hong Kong offers limited opportunities for scientists.

Name: Mango Yip

Age: 18Top tunes: Pop music

No, I think it's a bit unfair. I think he should enter the university through official channels. Many students work very hard to earn a place in the university. I appreciate his passion for science but I think he would have a better future if he studies or works overseas.