Poll finds parents of Form Five students unclear on new regime
Four in five parents of the final candidates of Form Five public examinations say they do not have enough knowledge about what assistance services are available, a survey has found.
The findings released yesterday also showed that 70 per cent of the 500 parents of current Form Five students, polled by the Hong Kong College of Technology, found existing assistance for the last group who were sitting the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination was insufficient.
Upon the release of the HKCEE results on August 4, students who have not secured a place in Form Six will have to navigate the opportunities presented under the new system. They may either repeat the exam, studying on their own, or enrol into various sub-degree programmes and vocational courses. A third choice would be to enrol back in school under the new curriculum.
Under the new system that will launch in September, all secondary students will take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education - which replaces the A-levels - after six years of study.
Vice-principal of the College Dr Lee Ping-wai said parents should receive greater support as they were the major support for the final batch of HKCEE candidates, who faced intense pressure in competing for further studies places. More than half of the parents said they needed information and guidance on studies and career pathways available.
The Education Bureau yesterday uploaded an e-version of a guidance handbook for secondary five students that offers information on various study pathways.
Students and parents can access the bureau's homepage to gain information on further studies, vocational opportunities and career paths for HKCEE graduates.
Students can obtain the handbook for free from their own schools and several public offices including the Labour Department's 'Youth Employment Starts' and job centres from July 9.