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**.

Challenge of change

The launch of the new 3+3+4 academic structure - less than 10 months away - has the entire educational sector rethinking their work practices.

Saturday, 13 December, 2008, 12:00am

Later exams for foreign language students

Schools planning to offer two foreign languages in the new senior secondary curriculum have voted unanimously to take exams in June rather than November as the exams authority intended, according to a survey of intentions conducted by the authority last month.

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Talks on exams timing

The exams authority is to meet schools and language teachers over the summer break in an attempt to resolve a standoff over timing arrangements for foreign language exams under the new senior secondary curriculum.

Possible solutions include giving schools the option of their students taking final exams in either June or November.

12 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Leaders 'crucial' in reform

School leadership and department heads will be crucial to the implementation of education reforms over the next five years, the chairman of the Curriculum Development Council said this week.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Slip of the tongue

Is Hong Kong trying to mask a downward spiral of students' language skills? The question arises because, beginning this year, a new grading format has been adopted for Chinese- and English-language assessments under the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. The new approach, 'standards-referenced reporting', uses levels, or standards, instead of grades for the two languages.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Exams agency touts its new grade system

Language assessment scheme will be 'fairer, more helpful'

A new system to grade Form Five graduates' proficiency in English and Chinese is fairer and more helpful to employers and education institutes in setting their standards, the Examinations and Assessment Authority said yesterday.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Going public brings choice, but beware exam pressures

Wide-ranging reforms offer hope but also create uncertainty

Schools in the public sector are undergoing seismic changes as major reforms are implemented.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Developing HK's young people is the goal

In response to the articles on language learning in schools (Education Post, January 27), I would like to clarify the position on the study of languages in Hong Kong.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

EMB 'non' to French

A secondary school language teachers' association has warned of a 'very bleak' future for the teaching of foreign languages with the implementation of the new senior secondary curriculum in 2009.

Under government proposals, the teaching of foreign languages other than the core subjects of Chinese and English will be confined to 'other learning experiences'.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The language issue that divides this cosmopolitan city of ours

In a competitive society, education is an important factor influencing a person's future and prosperity. Unfortunately, the Education and Manpower Bureau's response to a key matter - the issue of 'language' - is a sad indictment of the way in which curriculum decisions are made and communicated.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

More choice with 3+3+4

STUDENTS WILL no longer be forced to choose science or arts subjects when the new senior secondary school curriculum comes into effect in 2009, said university heads.

They unveiled new admission requirements last week to meet the needs of the reform.

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

French seek elective option

French teachers are demanding that foreign languages be offered as electives in the government's proposed senior secondary reforms.

15 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Reforms 'no threat' to teaching of the arts

Education chiefs act quickly to reassure teachers subject won't be marginalised

Education chiefs have moved to reassure teachers that arts education will not be squeezed out in senior secondary school reforms.

27 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Diploma takes a fresh approach

The new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education will have a fresh assessment approach to reflect students' actual - rather than relative - abilities in various subjects.

21 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

A liberal helping of life skills

The new curriculum includes 'learning experiences' aimed at getting students to think for themselves

Students will no longer be streamed into arts, science, commercial or technical studies under the new senior secondary curriculum to be in place by 2008.

Instead, all students will pursue a study programme made up of three components.

21 Oct 2004 - 12:00am