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**.

Letters to the Editor, April 25, 2013

Charge affordable rents in the market. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government proposes reclaiming 60 hectares of land at Ma Liu Shui. The proposed reclamation would turn part of Tolo Harbour into an extension of the Shing Mun River. The flow of the already polluted river (which is really a nullah) would be impeded, further worsening the water quality.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 3:03am

Hong Kong's liberal studies exams are for probing minds

Liberal studies can stimulate deeper and less formulaic inquiry among youngsters. Photo: Dickson Lee

Since Hong Kong introduced liberal studies in secondary school curriculums, quite a few students have been asking to interview journalists from this newspaper about the most topical issues in the news today. Some questions are naïve, but more often they are intelligent and probing. If such anecdotal evidence is any guide, the experiment by the education authorities, despite many hiccups and much criticism, has succeeded in stimulating deeper and less formulaic inquiry among youngsters.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Letters to the Editor, January 2, 2013

Roosevelt's vital reforms were scrapped. Photo: SCMP

Democracy in the workplace is important

Former World Bank chief economist Justin Lin Yifu's book, The Quest for Prosperity, reviewed by Clive Crook ("A middle way around the economic errors of the past", December 24) suggests that the "structuralism" of the Soviet Union failed because of "isolation from global markets".

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment

More diploma students in elite Heep Yunn School opt to study abroad

Lee Chun-hung

As many as 13 per cent of the second batch of pupils taking the new secondary school diploma course at an elite school have left for overseas studies because some lacked confidence in the new curriculum, the school's headmaster said.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Learning Curve: Liberal Studies

Students at the Chinese International School. Exchanges between local and international school students may broaden thinking. Photo: Edward Wong

There has been a lot of debate about the roll-out of Liberal Studies in the local education curriculum. But many teachers in international schools, myself included, have been clueless about its aims, goals and content.

So I was pleasantly surprised at how "international" and how relevant it is to us as Hong Kong residents, educators and parents.

14 Oct 2012 - 11:17am

Learning Curve: Choosing school subjects

Students should work backwards from university requirements for the courses that interest them.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A few years ago, one of my students asked to switch from taking biology to chemistry for his International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:20am

New secondary curriculum failing to achieve its goals

There has been much heated debate regarding Hong Kong's new secondary school curriculum.

2 Sep 2012 - 2:33am

Students should not be losing out because of exam revamp

Securing a university place remains the top priority for Hong Kong students. They are trained to sit through a series of highly competitive examinations to enter the institution they prefer. When the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) was introduced to replace the two-tier exam as part of the academic structure revamp, hopes were high that it would ease pressure on the students.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:53am

University hopefuls must go beyond exam scores

The "3+3+4" education reform (three years of junior secondary, three years of senior secondary and four years at university) has undoubtedly been the most talked-about issue related to the "two-track" academic year.

23 Aug 2012 - 1:09am

Options abound for college hopefuls

After the release of the much-awaited Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results, public concerns over the new liberal studies subject have largely been dismissed, with more than 90 per cent of candidates scoring at least level 2, the minimum required for university admission.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

High fives for top-scoring students

For the first time this year, the city's top students can literally call themselves stars.

Two pupils from the elite Queen's College boys' school were among the five citywide to reach the new benchmark for excellence - 5** in seven subjects - as the first Hong Kong Diplomas of Secondary Education (HKDSE) were handed out.

21 Jul 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

Job fair for HKDSE graduates

More than 70,000 Form Six students will be getting their results for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination tomorrow. But only 15,000 of them will get a place at government-funded universities.

For many of the rest, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong held the Youth Employment and Training Expo in Tseung Kwan O on Tuesday.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Course to help new students

Many HKDSE candidates will enter university in September under the 3+3+4 curriculum.

With only six years of secondary education, they may face new challenges.

City University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is launching a new mentoring course to help these students.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Top scorers in diploma exam to stay under wraps

About 150 students opted for the ultimate challenge and took eight subjects in the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams - but the public will not get to hear about how they performed.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am