Final Examination

Failing Chinese student's bribery bid backfires in Britain

Li Yang and the replica pistol he took to the meeting with Graves. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The son of a Chinese government official who tried to bribe a British university professor with £5000 (HK$59,240) to pass his degree dissertation has been jailed for a year. Bristol Crown Court heard Li Yang also took a loaded replica pistol to the meeting in an effort to bribe the University of Bath professor.

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10,000 students miss out

Today will be nerve-wracking for thousands of students awaiting exam results - particularly for those who will miss out on a university place despite meeting academic requirements.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exam pressure is still on, says survey

A decade of education reform was intended to change the ingrained mindset that put exam success above all else - but a study shows that the first batch of pupils to take the Diploma of Secondary Education exams are still feeling crushing pressure.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

It's that time of the year again

With exams around the corner, thousands of university students in Guangdong are burning the midnight oil.

The libraries are more crowded than ever, and the lights in the dormitories are still on late at night.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The test is history

The spectacle of anxious parents poring over the entrance list of a reputable school to see if their child has been admitted is nothing new. The Chinese have strived for more than 1,400 years for high academic achievement.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

More tries at big exam welcomed

The news that high school graduates on the mainland may have more than one chance to take the college entrance exam has stirred debate.

Yuan Guiren, the minister of education, recently wrote an article in Study Times on proposed improvements to the examination. He said high school graduates might be able to take the exam more than once a year in future.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Tips to help you study well

As a member of my school's Big Sister Scheme, I would like to offer some tips to help students study effectively.

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Probe into exam venue switch

Officials are investigating whether a last-minute change of venue may have caused several students to miss a chemistry A-level exam yesterday.

The exam was postponed by 25 minutes at one exam centre in Kowloon City to allow students to get there from the original location.

About 180 students had registered to take the exam at Munsang College, in Dumbarton Road.

23 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Try to stay focused when taking an exam

Hong Kong students are often criticised for being too exam-orientated. They study hard to get good results.

There has never been a clear-cut answer to whether exams are doing more harm than good.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Making a living out of cheating

Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Emperor Kang Xi was clearly frustrated by the education examination system in China when he wrote: 'Even among examiners there are those who are corrupt, those who do not understand basic works ...

21 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Back to the exam hall

I am old enough to have completed my O-levels, A-levels and degree without ever having had to carry out a project, submit coursework or be subjected to continuous assessment. Everything was judged solely by final written examinations.

24 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Be prepared

Feeling nervous about you exams? Well, don't! Doing so will only be counter-productive. Here are some replies to the Sunday Young Post Beat the Exam Fear competition, which asked readers to share their methods of keeping a cool head during this often nerve-wracking period.

30 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Forcing square pegs into round holes a fruitless effort

It is exam time again in Hong Kong schools. I wish the public (and our legislators) could see what I see - the results of an education system in total stagnation.

18 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Students get tips to help cope with late examinations

Pupils forced to sit GCSE and A-level exams later in the day because of new rules are receiving advice to cope with the change.

South Island School principal John Wray said it would be a difficult transition for the candidates but the school had given them advice on every topic from sleep patterns to keeping their brains hydrated.

15 May 2002 - 12:00am

SAR's education system in need of urgent changes

A 16-year old student collapses and dies on his way to sit the HKCEE. A 17-year-old student commits suicide before the Chinese History exam.

Such news items prove our education system is in bad shape.

Examinations are used to judge the progress of a student. But many students feel that exams are often regarded as the key to success.

3 Jul 2001 - 12:00am