Students who flopped faced up to retaking their courses at expensive private schools or looking for an alternative to Form Six. So Ka-ho, a 17-year-old student of Ng Wah College, failed in all subjects except English and Biology. He got only two marks out of 30 and intends to repeat at a private school in Wan Chai that costs $2,700 a month. His father, mother and younger sister accompanied him to collect the results and stood by him despite the poor results. 'We knew he didn't do well in the exam even before the results were announced,' his mother, Cheung Wan-yee, said. 'I don't want to give him any lectures, I don't want to put more pressure on him. I just hope he can regain his confidence and prepare himself for the coming year.' Ka-ho said he had never thought of quitting school. 'I'm too young and I don't have good qualifications,' he said. 'I don't think I can find a good job as the unemployment rate is so high.' Ellen Tjen, aged 16, said she would not give up after failing to win a Form Six place. The True Light Middle School pupil got 13 marks, one less than the minimum required. Her parents accompanied her to look for schools but said they were not worried. Her father, Chan Mei-lan, said she was already enrolled at the Academy for Performing Arts. Her mother smiled when asked if she was angry with Ellen's poor results. 'No,' she said. 'She has always hated books and loves painting and design. She has won a lot of prizes at school. We respect her choice and I don't believe that one must study at university.'