Exam changes urged
The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority plans to release the results of the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education earlier next year to give universities more time to handle applications.
'Universities want to see the scores earlier,' said Tong Chong-sze, the authority's secretary general.
This year's diploma exams will end in early May. Students will receive their results on July 20 - several weeks after A-level students, whose results will be released on June 29.
Under the new proposal, exams in compulsory subjects - Chinese, English, maths and liberal studies - will all be held on the same day.
Students would finish all their English written papers in one day instead of over two days.
The proposals also suggest starting exams earlier and bringing oral exams forward to February from early March.
This would mean the results could be released 10 days earlier.
Patrick Mok, a senior manager at Dadi Overseas Studies Service Centre, welcomed the proposal.
He said early results will give students more time to prepare their university applications.
Mok said the current system made it nearly impossible for students to complete their applications on time for universities in places like the US and Canada.
But critics said students were already under intense pressure because of their tight schedules.
Tso Kai-lok, a secondary school principal, said many schools would oppose the changes because they would further complicate already hectic teaching schedules.