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'I was never a top student': Scholarism leader Joshua Wong to study at Open University

Activist, admitted to politics programme, posts exam results on Facebook

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2014, 4:34am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2014, 5:42pm
 

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung has been admitted to a politics programme at the Open University of Hong Kong, ending rumours he had secured places at a few highly sought-after local institutions.

The 17-year-old student activist also made public his public examination results on Facebook yesterday. He said he obtained 19 marks in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination, admitting that it was far from remarkable.

There were reports that the student activist was given a place and a conditional offer by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Baptist University respectively.

Wong obtained a level 4 in Chinese and a level 3 in both English and mathematics. His best subject was liberal studies, where he got a level 5.

He said he was "never a top student" and it was not easy to be admitted to a university in Hong Kong, with an average acceptance rate as low as 17 per cent in recent years.

Another prominent student activist, Agnes Chow Ting, said earlier she received an offer for a place in the publicly-funded Baptist University's bachelor of social science programme.

Interest in Chow and Wong's exam results was so high last month that the pair held a press conference to announce them.

Wong was unwilling to give full details as he was still waiting for the results of an appeal on some scores. His marks did not change after the review.

Wong reiterated on his Facebook page that he was not ashamed of his exam results and urged the public to "spend more time learning about political reforms".

He could not be reached for comment last night.

 

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LXN
It is a shame that someone who has demonstrated leadership, eloquence and maturity well beyond his age is not offered a place at our esteemed universities. Instead of being nurtured as someone with such rare qualities should be by our society, he is being casted into the wind to fend for himself. It just goes to show how inadequate an admission system based purely on public test scores could be..... I'm giving these institutions the benefit of doubt that political sensitivity was not factored into their decisions, which would have been even more shameful!
53af638f-6a84-44b2-821e-4c4e0a320968
as a former cuhk professor, we admitted many students who were on paper combinations if Mozarts, Einsteins, Stephen Hawkings, mother Teresa and Confucius. In reality, they were over programmed, highly inarticulate, passionless, memory machines that bring little to the classroom/ department/ faculty except for a bigger budget and to up the university's global ranking. The exam based system that exists penalises socially active students and reward those that are one dimensional exam machines.
Although it's unfortunate he didn't do better, his life experience is the best education and we need all Hong Kong students to have much broader experiences outside the cram school and exam preparation system.
hard times !
agree with the words: 'The exam based system that exists penalises socially active students and reward those that are one dimensional exam machines.(or bookworms I should say !)
Although it's unfortunate he( Joshua Wong) didn't do better, his life experience is the best education and we need all Hong Kong students to have much broader experiences outside the cram school and exam preparation system. ( rightly said indeed !)
Wishing student activist, Joshua Wong every success in his upcoming political course at the Open University of Hong Kong ( a recognized tertiary institution in town) while he can still pursue his interests in local politics through the much-respected and beloved student activist organisation: the Scholarism ! Keep on your efforts, Joshua Wong ! Most Hongkongers with sense of righteousness are standing firmly beside you and your noble cause as well ! Bravo !
hard times !
our popular and beloved student activist, Joshua Wong Tze-fung is finally admitted to local Open University to study his favourite politics course:Politics and Administration.Joshua is known for his eloquence and self-confidence,not to say his firm stance on our democratic system development.He has spent lots of time on social issues while preparing for the DSE examination.Yet he can still become an undergraduate.Congratulations ! Keep on your efforts, Joshua ! Wish you and your ideal Scholarism every success in the days to come ! Salute !
robkemp
He's probably done enough to get into Harvard. He should apply there.
Ant Lee
He has done a lot more for society than most so called scholars. He also has the leadership and courage to stand against the red communists. If it wasnt for him, my children would be crying under a chinese flag.
ngsw
you sound like a north korean propaganda official.If it wasnt for our mighry kim leader, my children wold be crying under a US flag. oh, our mighty child Wong saving the whole HK. Mr. Ant, this is Hk not N Korea or Mao' era.
syn
Wow, he stinks at standardized tests and regurgitation of isolated knowledge points. What an idiot, a waste of space! I've memorized the dictionary, so I basically know it all.
sipsip1238
Josh, we know you weren't a top student when you didn't score top student marks in your uni entry exam.
That doesn't mean that you'll fail in life, but also doesn't mean this should even make news where you end up studying.
mdap
So basically, he is entirely average in most respects!

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