HKDSE - Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

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**.


Let's fight for our future

I remember my parents telling me that they usually played with their friends after school. The situation is so different now.

Tuesday, 7 June, 2011, 12:00am


HKDSE is catching up with students

Exam timetables for the 2012 HKDSE and the A-levels were announced recently. I am more concerned about the HKDSE timetable because I am studying under the new 3+3+4 education system.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Exams body expects to lose HK$100m

Hong Kong's official exams authority said yesterday it expected to lose up to HK$100 million in the next five years.

'The authority loses HK$20 million every year,' said a spokesman for the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. 'We expect we will suffer losses in the future five years.'

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Top grade music to my ears

Recently, I received a distinction in my musical assessment report. I had been preparing hard for the examination for more than a year.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


You can save lives as an organ donor

Life is the most precious thing in the world. Yet many people are close to losing theirs because they cannot get much-needed organ transplants. Last year alone, more than 2,000 people were waiting for a life-saving transplant operation because there is a lack of organ donors in Hong Kong.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Piling on the pressure for exam reform

Mainland universities have officially opened their arms to Hong Kong students.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


Gadgets should not control us

I am writing in response to the article 'Gadget fever' (Young Post, October 13).

There are many different gadgets available today, such as the iPad, iPod, MacBook and Netbook. Then there are mobile phones and digital cameras which are very popular among local youngsters.

16 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

More than just tutorials

In 2012, the first batch of secondary school students will be taking the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examinations. Students will sit just one set of exams, rather than two.

The changes are expected to have the side effect of cutting enrolment in tutorial centres, by more than a quarter in some cases.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Admission requirements for UK universities confirmed

Six universities in Britain have confirmed admission requirements for Hong Kong students completing the new senior secondary syllabus.

The universities of Oxford, Manchester, Warwick, King's College London, Sheffield Hallam and Kent are the first to announce admission requirements for graduates of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) from 2012.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am


A soft approach can work wonders

When students do something wrong, they should be punished. But the punishment should not be too harsh. Otherwise, it would take away their confidence.

I think the most effective method is to teach students to 'look before you leap'.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Poll finds parents of Form Five students unclear on new regime

Four in five parents of the final candidates of Form Five public examinations say they do not have enough knowledge about what assistance services are available, a survey has found.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


Stop discrimination

Hong Kong's name has again appeared in international media. This time it is not Discovery Channel, but Time magazine; not 'caged homes', but racial discrimination.

Time ran an article on social worker Fermi Wong Wai-fun, who is founder of Unison Hong Kong for Ethnic Equality.

15 Mar 2010 - 12:00am


Diploma pupils are not seen as 'guinea pigs'

I refer to Jennifer Chan's letter ('New curriculum leaves students in the lurch', February 2) and would like to clarify some misconceptions regarding the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE).

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Recognition for qualification a milestone for HK education

Hong Kong's education reforms have reached an important milestone with the international recognition of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

A to Z of cutting out the jargon

Advanced Placement (AP) Programme

AP courses are offered by many schools following American curriculums to allow top students to earn university credits. The programme, involving 35 courses in 20 disciplines, is run by US-based The College Board.


13 Jun 2009 - 12:00am