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**.
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The launch of the new 3+3+4 academic structure - less than 10 months away - has the entire educational sector rethinking their work practices.
The switch to four-year degrees (after three years of junior secondary and three of senior secondary schooling) in 2012 have cast a pall of uncertainty over education stakeholders.13 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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