Officials are to change the way primary students are graded in an attempt to solve a gender dispute, experts say. From next year, students' scores in Chinese and English will count less when their school results are ranked because the existing grading system is considered to favour girls, who usually do better than boys in languages. This follows a complaint against the Education Department, which has been processing girls and boys separately for secondary school place allocations to rectify the perceived weakness. A girl complained she was not allocated a place in a school of her choice unlike her male classmates, whose scores were lower. The Equal Opportunities Commission, which sees the case as sexual discrimination, has since succeeded in helping the girl enrol at her favourite school. She will transfer to that school in spring. According to Legislative Councillor Cheung Man-kwong, the department has decided to change the way the students will be graded. Mr Cheung said education officials were considering lowering the weighting of Chinese and English as a means of removing the 'gender bias', although they had not yet revealed the specifics. Mr Cheung, who represents the teaching constituency in the Legislative Council and is head of the Professional Teachers' Union, criticised the department for not disclosing the weighting before. 'I learned about the weighting only a week ago. This is a cover-up by the Education Department,' he said. 'The calculations should have been publicised as they affect many students.' The commission wants the department to stop processing boys and girls separately in allocation exercises. It also feels that schools should no longer be allowed to ask to be allocated an even number of boys and girls. The department has accepted both recommendations and will implement them next year.