Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination

Liberal studies makes the grade

Pupils' dread gave way to the exhilaration of examination officials yesterday after results showed more than nine out of 10 who took the new and much-criticised liberal studies exam got passing scores.

Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am

Students take leap into the unknown

Kate Tsoi, a high school leaver who will learn of her scores in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams today, says: 'There are no past papers, no past grades and almost nothing to refer to.'

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Half of final A-level crop falls short

Thousands of Form Seven pupils are about to start scrambling for their futures when they receive the results of the last Hong Kong A-level examinations.

More than half of the last batch of pupils sent by public schools to take the university exam will fail to get a place at a public university.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dumping GCSE may boost HK exam

Controversial plans by the British government to scrap the decades-old General Certificate of Secondary Education may force Hong Kong schools to revise their curriculum.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Bad exam scores don't spell the end

The first HKDSE is over and many are waiting for their results. Some may be confident; others may be worried they did not perform well in the exam.

No matter how they performed, they should now be trying to plan their future.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese talk appeals

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is developing a new international exam for Putonghua learners that could appeal to students worldwide.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cram schools should be accepted as part of daily life

The new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination has just finished, so the peak season for tutoring centres is over. In a few months, some of the Secondary Six students who attended tutorial centres in preparation for this year's HKDSE will enjoy the fruits of their labour.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

New diploma exam easier than expected, pupils say

Pupils sat the first written exam of the new Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education yesterday, and said they were relieved the Chinese language paper had proved easier than they expected.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Reforms fail to ease the pressure

Decade-long education reforms have yet to realise an initial goal of providing an enjoyable learning experience for pupils or make a dent in an entrenched culture of spoon-feeding in classrooms, say education observers.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwan lures HK students

HONG KONG - Students who want to apply for university in Taiwan: don't stress out too much. A low result or failure in the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education liberal studies paper will not affect you, officials said on Monday.

Taiwanese universities have adopted a lenient attitude towards the new HKDSE examination's compulsory core subject.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'New exam should be easier and shorter'

Many students taking the university entrance exam this year could fail the new liberal studies subject, according to a study by a concern group.

And since the subject is now compulsory, this could mean fewer students getting into university, the group says.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Think for yourself in new exam, pupils are urged

Taking the government's line may not necessarily ensure good results in the new upper secondary liberal studies examination, an assessment official says.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Subject problem lies in operation

I am writing in response to the letter 'Liberal studies is letting us down' (Young Post, December 13, 2011).

I think liberal studies can effectively enhance our critical thinking skills. The exam papers ask us to think about issues from different angles. This develops our analytical abilities.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Not much festive fun

Intense exam revision and their heavy workload during the Christmas holidays have deprived teenagers of fun time and left them stressed.

For many, first-term exams are just one day away. Mounting pressure is especially felt among sixth-formers, with three months to go before their first Diploma of Secondary Education exams.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tested to the limit

At 5pm, the light was already fading outside HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary School in Shek Mun as a group of about 10 pupils began yet another weekly lesson.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am