Secondary Education

Chinese-language exam subsidies to rise for ethnic minority pupils

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim

School pupils from ethnic minorities will have the chance to take more advanced overseas examinations in the Chinese language after the government yesterday announced plans to expand a subsidy scheme.

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 3:24am

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

Special needs students face double trouble

Entering university has always been a challenge for students with special-educational needs, but this year may be the toughest yet.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exam pressure is still on, says survey

A decade of education reform was intended to change the ingrained mindset that put exam success above all else - but a study shows that the first batch of pupils to take the Diploma of Secondary Education exams are still feeling crushing pressure.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New exam regime put to the test

When the curtain falls on a collective experience that became part of public life for decades, an air of nostalgia is inevitable. The public emotion aroused by the release of the final public Advanced Level Examination results last week is thus understandable.

5 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

GCSEs face the chop

British GCSE exams may be scrapped, according to media reports. This would affect Hong Kong students who take the exams.

The British government is trying to reform the education system because critics say GCSE exams have become too easy.

British newspapers said GCSEs would be replaced by 'much harder' tests.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese skills of children on the slide

The Chinese language skills of the city's children are in decline, say teachers and tutors, who blame the ease with which Chinese characters can be typed on mobile phones and computers.

Educators say pupils accustomed to easy input methods are unwilling to make the effort to write out complex characters or compose proper sentences.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tutoring centre sees big profits in reforms

He's an economics teacher by day - but by night, Fred Chan Yiu-fai is an economic success story. And he believes his private tuition business can one day follow in the footsteps of Modern Education, which floated on the stock market last year.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

New exam puts system to the test

What sets the new compulsory senior secondary school subject of liberal studies apart is that it comes without model answers from textbooks. It is instead an exercise in reasoned thinking and debate. Hopefully this will enrich our students' education and, indeed, their adult lives, by freeing them from the bonds of traditional rote learning.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New test 'simpler but no surprise'

After a controversial build-up, 70,000 high school pupils sat the first liberal studies exam yesterday, coming to grips with thorny issues and, in some cases, toning down their answers to avoid 'agitating' markers.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Minorities tested to the limit

Eltilib Saga says she is facing an uphill battle to enter university.

The 18-year-old, who will today sit the compulsory liberal studies examination in the new Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education (HKDSE), has been finding it hard to do well.

2 Apr 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

Silence falls as pupils start city's last A-levels

Around 40,000 secondary school pupils converged on examination halls across the city yesterday, as the final round of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination got under way.

They will be the last batch of pupils to take the A-level exams before the city switches next year to the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education exams for entrance into local universities.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pupils enter race for university places

Leo Tang Cheuk-fung is among the last generation of Hongkongers to take the A-Level examinations. But he is too busy hitting the books to think about that.

Over the next couple of months, the 19-year-old, who attends a government secondary school in Ma On Shan, will join about 40,000 other Form Seven students sitting the exams.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am