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General Certificate of Secondary Education

HK pupils will face modified syllabus as Britain phases out GCSE exams

British minister Michael Gove

Thousands of Hong Kong pupils who sit General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations will face a modified syllabus in the wake of a shake-up in the British examination system.

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 1:56pm

GCSEs face the chop

British GCSE exams may be scrapped, according to media reports. This would affect Hong Kong students who take the exams.

The British government is trying to reform the education system because critics say GCSE exams have become too easy.

British newspapers said GCSEs would be replaced by 'much harder' tests.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Keeping it simple

AP Advanced Placement Programme. AP courses are offered by many schools following American curricula to allow top students to earn university credits and help them secure places on competitive degree programmes. The programme, involving 30 courses, is run by The College Board in the United States.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

GCSE system may be scrapped

Thousands of local students are facing an uncertain academic future following British media reports that the GCSE qualification may be scrapped.

The General Certificate of Secondary Education is an important qualification for Hong Kong students pursuing tertiary education in Britain.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Teacher comes home to share love of English

Nina Foo (left), English and test preparation instructor at The Edge Learning Center, says she loves her job because it offers her the chance not only to help students achieve their academic goals, but also to encourage and nurture in them an interest in English literature and language.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Many paths lead to an International Baccalaureate

The maxim 'All roads lead to Rome' certainly applies to the process of securing the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB DP) - there are different paths one can take to achieve that goal.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ethnic-minority students decry huge exam fees

Huge fees are deterring ethnic-minority students from sitting a more advanced level of overseas Chinese-language examination, making them less competitive when it comes to applying for a university place or a job.

They say it is not fair that they have to pay eight times more than local students to sit a Chinese-language examination which demonstrates a high proficiency.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Whizz-kid just loves to learn

For whizz-kid Alvina Fok, studying is a passion - an attitude that helped her to achieve one of the highest IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) scores in the world for both mathematics and science.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Prodigy lands Oxford place two years early

When the new term begins at St John's College at the University of Oxford in October, the youngest student will be a 16-year-old son of a Hong Kong immigrant to Britain.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

City's star performers shine in exams

English Schools Foundation (ESF) students discovered they had notched up some of Hong Kong's best-ever scores when they got their GCSE results last week.

'This year's results are the best to date for the ESF,' said chief executive officer Heather Du Quesnay.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Fourth student finishes on top of the world

A student at Hong Kong's Island School has scored the highest grade in the world in an international exam in English, the school said yesterday.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

'Tiger' twins score straight As in Cambridge University maths tests

The scores are in for Estephe and Perrine Corlin, 10-year-old twins nurtured by their Hong Kong 'tiger mum' and maths whizz Horatio Boedihardo, who were awaiting the results of an international exam for 16-year-olds: straight As.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am


Helping hand for blind man

One day I saw a blind man on the MTR platform. When the train arrived, he stepped forward and tried to use his stick to find the entrance.

For a moment, I wanted to help him, but then a voice in my head suddenly said: 'Be careful. He's a stranger.' I hesitated, and went inside the compartment.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


Globetrotting expatriates should not need to put their children in local schools

I dare say all parents of English Schools Foundation students are taxpayers. Regardless of their country of origin, the languages they speak or their residency status, these children are as entitled to an education as those at local schools.

13 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hard copy omitted

The Joint University Programmes Admissions System has been criticised for failing to effectively publicise changes in university entrance requirements that favour students learning Chinese as a second language.

22 Nov 2008 - 12:00am