Hong Kong students on the first day of the Diploma of Secondary Education exams at the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School last year. Exams in Hong Kong could be cancelled this year if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: SCMP Hong Kong students on the first day of the Diploma of Secondary Education exams at the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School last year. Exams in Hong Kong could be cancelled this year if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: SCMP
Hong Kong students on the first day of the Diploma of Secondary Education exams at the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School last year. Exams in Hong Kong could be cancelled this year if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: SCMP
Anjali Hazari
Opinion

Opinion

Anjali Hazari

Why top students will lose out if exams are cancelled by coronavirus

  • ‘Norm-referencing’, a system likely to be used in the event of a sudden surge of Covid-19 cases cancelling Hong Kong exams, could dampen top performers’ achievements
  • Students at new schools or those in lower bands could also suffer since the system is partly based on data from schools’ previous cohorts

Hong Kong students on the first day of the Diploma of Secondary Education exams at the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School last year. Exams in Hong Kong could be cancelled this year if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: SCMP Hong Kong students on the first day of the Diploma of Secondary Education exams at the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School last year. Exams in Hong Kong could be cancelled this year if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: SCMP
Hong Kong students on the first day of the Diploma of Secondary Education exams at the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School last year. Exams in Hong Kong could be cancelled this year if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: SCMP
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