Joshua Wong

'I was never a top student': Scholarism leader Joshua Wong to study at Open University

Activist, admitted to politics programme, posts exam results on Facebook

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2014, 4:34am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 1:10pm

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung has been admitted to a politics programme at the Open University of Hong Kong, ending rumours he had secured places at a few highly sought-after local institutions.

The 17-year-old student activist also made public his public examination results on Facebook yesterday. He said he obtained 19 marks in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination, admitting that it was far from remarkable.

There were reports that the student activist was given a place and a conditional offer by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Baptist University respectively.

Wong obtained a level 4 in Chinese and a level 3 in both English and mathematics. His best subject was liberal studies, where he got a level 5.

He said he was "never a top student" and it was not easy to be admitted to a university in Hong Kong, with an average acceptance rate as low as 17 per cent in recent years.

Another prominent student activist, Agnes Chow Ting, said earlier she received an offer for a place in the publicly-funded Baptist University's bachelor of social science programme.

Interest in Chow and Wong's exam results was so high last month that the pair held a press conference to announce them.

Wong was unwilling to give full details as he was still waiting for the results of an appeal on some scores. His marks did not change after the review.

Wong reiterated on his Facebook page that he was not ashamed of his exam results and urged the public to "spend more time learning about political reforms".

He could not be reached for comment last night.