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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**.

Scramble for university places

Universities face an uphill task to vet applications for next year in time as the largest number of students yet vie for tertiary places in Hong Kong.

Saturday, 19 November, 2011, 12:00am

British education on show this weekend

Students and parents are invited to the British Council's Education UK exhibition this weekend at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

After today, the HKCEE will just be a memory

A day like today has been one of elation and disappointment for generations of secondary school graduates.

But the release today of results for the last batch of candidates who took the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination marks the end of an era in the city's education history.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Critical time

Just because something is hard does not mean it is bad. Liberal studies, a component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination, has been the subject of controversy since it was made compulsory. Students, teachers and parents have rallied against it, citing unclear assessment criteria, unprepared teachers, and a confusing curriculum.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Keep ahead of the reforms

A changing educational landscape can make it especially challenging to find the right school for your child, but also brings new opportunities for those who are quick to adapt.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Diploma gains assent

Pupils preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education can breathe a sigh of relief at growing international recognition for the new exam.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


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.

7 Jun 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