The end of a teenage rite of passage after 32 years

For 32 years, the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (A-levels) were the bane of every school pupil's existence - determining their destiny and serving as the gatekeeper to university.

Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

New test 'simpler but no surprise'

After a controversial build-up, 70,000 high school pupils sat the first liberal studies exam yesterday, coming to grips with thorny issues and, in some cases, toning down their answers to avoid 'agitating' markers.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

University places no longer assured

Attending an elite secondary school will no longer be a guarantee of a university place, teachers warn.

As more pupils sit the new Diploma of Secondary Education, schools that have in the past enjoyed a university admission rate of close to 100 per cent say they expect to have to answer to parents disappointed when their children miss out.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bogus credentials must not be tolerated

Society is obsessed with credentials. The assumption is that the more certificates and degrees that can be obtained, the greater the opportunities for promotion and making a higher salary. Anecdotal evidence from employers would suggest that it is experience that counts more than letters after a job applicant's name, but the perception still abounds.

12 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Teacher shocked by standard of English in A-level exam paper

An English teacher has graded an article used in the Hong Kong A-level examination paper with an 'F' for bad writing style.

The article, entitled 'What is love, actually?', was selected to test students' reading skills in the section C paper of the HKAL Use of English examination this year. The exam was held last Thursday.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Academic council faces set-backs in course vetting

Slow legislation delays accreditation

The qualifications council will be unable to complete the vetting of vocational courses in time for the launch of the Qualifications Framework next year, its executive director said this week at the council's relaunch following its newly widened remit.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Universities act on admissions

Universities and the Education Bureau have decided to accept a greater range of Chinese-language qualifications from non-Chinese applicants, according to a paper submitted to the Legislative Council.

The bureau and the institutions feel that greater flexibility is needed in dealing with non-Chinese university applicants, it says.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

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Bible lessons are not suitable for everyone

Regarding International Christian School's 'hardline' approach (Education Post, March 17), one wonders what the school's leaders mean by the Bible reflecting absolute truth and that this must be believed by all the teachers and taught to the students.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Fewer students meet university requirements

The proportion of Form Seven students meeting the entrance requirements for local undergraduate studies has dropped in A-Level results that also include the first straight-A students in three years.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Resitting exams can backfire

'I RETOOK THE Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) because my results did not satisfy the requirements of the university. However, I failed two of the subjects which I had passed on my first attempt. I was so frustrated,' lamented a student who is now studying for an associate degree at Polytechnic University.

He chose to retake the exam as a private student.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

End the culture of learning for the test

Hong Kong's education has long been characterised by teaching to the test. From kindergarten up, students face a relentless regime of termly exams, punctuated by mid-term and other tests. The pressure culminates in public exams at the end of Forms Five and Seven, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education and Advanced Level examinations.

26 May 2003 - 12:00am

Society needs more independent thinkers

I refer to the report headlined, 'Lift student standards across board, schools told' (South China Morning Post, December 13).

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Exam students given pass as don vanishes

Ninety-five final-year students at Lingnan College will be awarded a pass for two of their business subjects - regardless of performance - because their exam papers have gone missing.

A hunt has been launched to track down a lecturer after he failed to return the papers and report the marks of his students to the registry before the deadline last month.

16 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Exam for the system

Given the complexities of the education system, it is hardly surprising that some parents have expressed disquiet over the way the school allocation policy is implemented. Far from clarifying the process, the fact that there is more transparency in the system only seems to have confused the issue further.

5 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Language lessons

Each year the Advanced Level examination results produce fresh evidence of the failings of Hong Kong's education system.

Of the 30,863 pupils who sat the exams this year, only 12,000 managed to achieve the minimum requirement of passes to go on to higher learning.

11 Jul 1997 - 12:00am