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The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination is administered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. Most candidates take four core subjects - Chinese and English languages, mathematics and liberal studies - and two or three elective subjects. Results are divided into five levels, with 5 being the highest. A Level 5 with the best performance will be awarded a 5**.

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Top scorers shy away from Occupy Central

Most either oppose the democracy movement or say they've been too busy to find out about it

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 5:19am
 

Most of the nine top performers in this year's secondary education examination oppose or do not know much about the Occupy Central movement.

"I won't participate in Occupy Central because I heard from my friends that this movement is illegal," said Angel Tsui Yan-kei, 18, the top scorer at Good Hope School. She scored straight 5** for her seven subjects.

I won't participate in Occupy Central because I heard from my friends that this movement is illegal. I don't want to be involved in something I don't entirely understand

"I don't want to be involved in something I don't entirely understand."

The organisers of the Occupy Central movement are planning to hold a mass rally in Central next July 1 to bring the area to a standstill, but details of the civil disobedience protest are still under discussion.

"I hope we can have universal suffrage, but any activity that will disrupt Hong Kong's economic activities is unacceptable," said Tsang Ka-hing, 18, from Queen's College. He obtained the school's highest score in his seven subjects. "I don't think I will participate in Occupy Central, because I'll be busy with my schoolwork by then."

Four other top scorers from different schools were unwilling to comment on the topic, saying they did not understand the event. One confirmed they would not participate in the protest.

Occupy Central organiser Chan Kin-man said he was not surprised by such responses from the top scorers, believing they would not have had time to focus on political events while preparing for the examination.

"The idea [of Occupy Central] was raised when the exam took place. Schools wouldn't have discussed it much," said Chan.

"I think many schools wouldn't dare to discuss it much in the current political climate and with pressures from different parties."

He said schools had the responsibility to let students know about the movement and the concepts behind it such as democracy and civil disobedience.

Terry Tsz Cho-ho, the top scorer at the Federation of Youth Groups Lee Shau Kee College, said he supported Occupy Central but was not sure whether he could take part amid a busy study schedule.

"I can't understand why the government doesn't listen to the people," said Tsz, who marched on July 1 last year, calling for universal suffrage. "I'm surprised the government hasn't collapsed given all the dissatisfaction with its performance."

Erica Wong Nga-yee, 17, Ying Wa Girls' School's top scorer, said she admired the Occupy Central organisers.

"I very much appreciate that there's a group of people with their own principles and goals," she said. "They're not paid … and have a high risk of losing their jobs, but still they are out fearlessly fighting for something."

Wong took part in student group Scholarism's protest last year against the introduction of the highly criticised and now shelved national education subject.

 

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likingming
No wonder the movement is for (of, by) the mass, the illiterate and ignorant mass. Top scorers simply could not understand.
carmeledwin
I do not think anyone who has any sense or even half a brain will understand why there are some people who wishes to destroy Hong Kong by taking part in something like Occupy Central. Maybe they need treatment at Kwai Chung Hospital or Castle Peak Hospital?
Paradox314
Assuming you do have half a brain and most likely do not yourself understand why people are involved in shaping their own society, I wonder why you would feel comfortable accusing those involved of suffering from mental illness? Surely, if you attack what you don't understand it would be much more profitable for you to seriously question your own sanity!
whymak
Reader ninacheung: You belittle yourself by calling HK top students learning by rote. More specifically, student Angel Tsui said, "I don't want to be involved in something I don't entirely understand."
All you do is regurgitate expats and bananas racist remarks about Hong Kong students.
Given your imitating tone of voice, could you or other commentators below with like mind give us a set of consistent attributes of the Democracy Cult?
You would most likely earn only F's in any freshman classes I taught in the past.
pslhk
I like the term 流口水博士
In recent years,
British universities have given PhD degrees
to knee-jerk specialists and spinal reactors
It seems like a joint effort
to prove the conspiracy theory
that they are trying to turn Muppets
into the ex-colony’s opinion leaders
whymak
Of course the blind student featured in SCMP article is mighty precious. While we value every individual effort, life and limbs, equal rights and opportunities, we must put personal interests in the context of collective social well being and survival. No man is an island like Robinson Crusoe.
Let's not entertain the illusion that morons could or should govern. Balanced views and policies from those who govern should result in decisions and actions optimizing outcome, although conflicts among individuals and differences between aspirations of individuals and their group are givens.
Airhead Democracy Cult weighs all I-said-he-said anecdotes equally. Placing populism ahead of objective governance criteria jeopardizes existing functionalities of an advanced society. Government failures and nations’ declines have been widely observed in dysfunctional democracies despite established institutions and processes.
Credits are due to founders of the early American Republic, who conceived the balance of powers in government. My brief mention above of a pragmatic and doable power balance is based on optimization under specific constraints of culture, institutional and collective memory. The scientific tools needed today were then unknown to the American Founding Fathers.
What is then scientific governance? It is a subject that phony political “scientists” are afraid to ask.
Real science answers objectively these questions: What is information? What is order or disorder?
lxpang
I agree with your points, but the timing seems odd since the official policies regarding the election have not yet been released. People should give CY Leung a chance to release the policy. Then if they don't agree with it, they can stage the protest.
ninacheung
Carmeledwin, Shuike, Daily, WHERE did I say that I support Occupy Central? I merely pointed out that these students appear to think that scoring top marks by rote learning and memorizing facts without really understanding and analyzing them is what is important in this world.
Now, if Angel Tsui had said that her friends told her Occupy Central is against the law, and she looked into the matter herself to check the facts and found out that her friends were indeed right and that Occupy Central was something she did not believe in or want to support... that would have been a totally different ballgame.

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