On-screen marking way to go, says exams chief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am

Centralised marking centres with state-of-the-art computer facilities will allow Hong Kong to meet its assessment needs, the new head of the exams authority said yesterday.

'This is the future,' said Francis Cheung Wing-ming, secretary general of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.

Dr Cheung, who took over the reins yesterday after the retirement of his former boss, Peter Hill, was speaking during a tour of a new on-screen marking centre in a converted school in Lai King, one of three in the city.

The exams authority began on-screen marking for the English and Chinese language papers in this year's HKCEE exams. Under the system, students' answer papers are scanned and saved onto a secure database. Markers assess the scripts at one of the three centres.

On-screen marking would be extended to the computer and information technology and history papers next year, plus A-level Chinese language and culture, use of English, Chinese history, Chinese literature, computer studies and computer applications. The language benchmark tests for teachers and the city-wide Systems Assessment - which tests the Chinese, English and maths skills of all Primary Three and Six pupils and Form Three students - would also be marked at the centres.

By 2012, all of Hong Kong's examination papers would be marked at the computer centres.