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Nearly 50,000 students sat for this year's DSE exams - the fewest since they were introduced in 2012. Photo: SCMP/ May Tse
Hong Kong’s Diocesan Girls’ School (DGS) has much to celebrate after this year’s university entrance exam as two students achieved perfect scores, making it the only school to present top scorers for six straight years.
In total, seven Hong Kong students have achieved perfect scores - a level 5** in all four core subjects and three electives - in the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) examination, the same number as last year but down from 12 in 2019.
The other five perfect scorers came from five schools, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College in Tuen Mun; St Stephen’s Girls’ College in the Mid-levels; Queen Elizabeth School in Mong Kok; St Mary’s Canossian College in Tsim Sha Tsui; and Ying Wa College in Sham Shui Po.
Among the seven perfect scorers, one from DGS, another from St Mary’s Canossians College, and a third from Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College were crowned “super top scorers” for earning an additional level 5** in an extended mathematics module elective.
DGS is the only school that has continuously had perfect scorers since 2015. It is the first time for Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College, St Stephen’s Girl’s College and Queen Elizabeth School since the DSE was introduced in 2012.
This year, a record low of 49,976 teens took the DSE exam, the lowest since it was introduced in 2012.
More than 17,000 secondary school students achieved the minimum requirement for local undergraduate programmes – slightly fewer than last year’s number of about 18,000 – and will now be competing for about 13,000 subsidised first-year university places.
At a glance
St Stephen’s Girl’s College (first ever DSE perfect scorer at the school)
Jodie Chan Lok-yung, 18
PLK Tang Yuk Tien College (first ever DSE perfect scorer at the school)
Ian Chiu Yi-nap, 17 (super top scorer)
Diocesan Girls’ School
Emily Chan Hoi-ying (super top scorer) and Lee Cheuk-lam
Ying Wa College (first ever DSE perfect scorer at the school)
Sunny Ching Long, 18
Queen Elizabeth School (first ever DSE perfect scorer at the school)
Martin Leung Pok-yin, 18
St Mary’s Canossian College
Serena Yu Sheung-wing, 17 (super top scorer)