A scheme to allow students with insufficient academic qualifications to enter university needs improvement, according to some of those involved. Wai Cheuk-yan, a 19-year-old nominee from the Y. O. T Chan Wong Suk Fong Memorial School, who has just been accepted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said the scheme was not helpful. Ms Wai, who won awards in the International Children's Arts Exhibition in 1990, 1991 and 1994, was nominated by her school's head teacher because of her outstanding performance at art. But she said she had been more worried than delighted when she heard of the nomination. 'I had already gone through the interview stage when I heard about the scheme. I thought I could get in even if the school didn't nominate me. Others may think I got in only because I have my school's nomination. It would be unfair if the entry solely depended on that,' Ms Wai said. 'The scheme is well-intended but not very helpful.' Ms Wai secured one B, one D and two Es in her A-level exams. Terence Chang Cheuk-cheung, the principal of Jockey Club Ti-I College, said he was angry about the scheme. 'The scheme is said to help special talents who are not academically outstanding but who excel in other areas. But in the end universities only take those who perform well in both fields,' he said. 'If there are no clear improvements or explanations from the universities, we may not participate in the scheme next year,' he said. Of the 703 pupils nominated, 187 were accepted. The seven universities have not agreed on how to define 'outstanding performance in other fields'.