HKDSE 2019: Student counselling hotline took 433 calls on DSE day, more than 100 less than last year

The Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre said the drop is possibly due to their being fewer candidates as well as more student services

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A guidance centre said it received calls from DSE students worried about their scores.

A student counselling hotline received 433 calls from HKDSE graduates yesterday as DSE results were released, it has reported. The number is 113 fewer than last year, it said.

Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre issued the information in a press release today.

There are several possible reasons the number of student callers has dropped, the centre’s director, Ng Po Shing, told Young Post.

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“The reduction in enquiries could be related to the decrease in the number of candidates, a less intense competition for programmes not covered by the Joint University Programmes Admissions System programmes (Jupas), or the increase in the number of counselling platforms available,” Ng said.

More than half of the requests for assistance were made by parents, the centre said. Thirty-four per cent were enquiries about self-financing sub-degree programmes, 28 per cent were about the procedure

for modifying Jupas programme choices, and 27 per cent were about Jupas programmes.

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About half of the callers also sought mental support, which is 10 per cent higher than last year, Ng said.

“Many students were worried about their scores, which turned out to be lower than their expectations, while some parents wanted advice on how to speak to their children about their results.”

Ng recommended DSE candidates prioritise their interests above anything else when modifying their programme choices. He added that they should also take into account the scoring method and number of applicants for each programme.

Hok Yau Club also advised students who meet the requirements to get into the eight government-funded universities, to consider non-Jupas degree or sub-degree programmes as backups.

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge