Some gifted students have missed out on university places as stricter compliance with language proficiency is enforced. Baptist University said yesterday it accepted just two students who failed Chinese Language and Culture and one who failed Use of English for entry next month. Last year, 28 and 40 were accepted respectively. A further 27 have been accepted through the school principals nomination scheme in the Joint University Programmes Admission System, it said. Of the three chosen independently by the university, two were offered places after appeals from their secondary school principals. Academic registrar Dr Robert Lam said: 'We are convinced that the three have the ability to pursue their course of studies successfully. 'Also, based on previous experiences in which some students accepted without passes in English and Chinese have performed very well in the university, we are confident they will follow their predecessors' footsteps.' Among the 1,333 accepted for placements in September, about 40 per cent of those who achieved grade D or below in Use of English are expected to attend language-skill enhancement courses organised by the university. The University of Hong Kong and Chinese University, which offer 5,200 places between them, will not accept students who fail either language. Most of 14,500 university places available were filled yesterday with the release of the Joint University Programmes Admission System results.