Hong Kong students may face DSE results day alone as Covid-19 forces release online

  • Many schools are choosing to email their results as a coronavirus prevention measure, while some have not decided
  • More than 52,000 candidates took the exams this year
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While students usually receive their results together at school, Covid-19 has forced the process online for many schools. Photo: Handout

This year’s HKDSE students could be missing out on one more thing. They will likely get their results by email tomorrow, not at school, sharing the experience with their friends.

The results of the DSE – the most important public exam in Hong Kong – will be released tomorrow. It can have a big impact on the academic careers of 52,687 exam candidates. 

Amid a worsening third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, most schools have decided to go for an online results release. Some schools have not decided. 

Different students are experiencing different emotions. 

Hong Kong government introduces new Covid-19 regulations 

Adrian Choi feels a little nervous and uncertain over the results and the Covid-19 situation. “I’d prefer to go [to school] in person. It would be easier to consult teachers if I have poor results,” he said. 

“And it would be easier to get support from friends who ‘fought together with us’.” 

“If all goes well, I can do some university preparation and hopefully do real learning and not just focus on exams,” added Adrian, whose first choice is to study social sciences at Chinese University. 

“I’m really looking forward to university life, but the lack of an orientation camp is scary. I will lose the opportunity to make friends.” 

Students may not be able to return to campus this school year

Cherry Tam has made a variety of plans, the best-case scenario being studying law at Chinese University (CUHK). First of all, she has to deal with what tomorrow brings.

“We have been told by our school we’ll get our results by email. We’re going to face it alone,” she said. She’s excited by the prospect of her course, though, adding that CUHK’s big campus would be a pleasant place to spend the next four years. 

Jacky Tsoi is also looking forward to life at a higher learning institute, with plans to make new friends and get out of his comfort zone. “But the pandemic has ruined my expectations,” he said. 

He added: “We are still unsure if the grades will be handed out online, but I would prefer to go to school." 

“It would be easier to discuss the results with teachers.”  

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