Things to consider when deciding whether or not to study HKDSE electives

By Ben Pang

Most HKDSE students are happy with their subjects, but some 40 per cent have though about axing one

By Ben Pang |

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Most Form Four students found their HKDSE electives interesting this year, but some have been considering dropping one subject, according to the latest survey by Hok Yau Club (HYC).

Some 2,117 students were interviewed for the survey conducted from April to May. It revealed 89.5 per cent were satisfied with their electives, and nearly 80 per cent clearly understood the curriculum and assessment requirements. Interest was ranked the most important factor when choosing an elective, at 84.9 per cent, higher than the subject’s relation with future careers (13.2 per cent), Form Three exam results (4.9 per cent), and relation to choosing university courses (3.8 per cent).

HYC Student Guidance Centre director Ng Po-shing agrees that interest is a priority. “Students should strike a balance between interest and ability. They should also consider university admission requirements,” he told Young Post.

When asked who affected their selection, some 34.3 per cent of the participants said friends were the most influential people, then classmates (19.7 per cent) and teachers (18.1 per cent). However, Ng said students should be responsible for their own decisions; friends’ and teachers’ advice should only be for reference.

Some 40 per cent of the interviewees have considered giving up an elective. Reasons include lack of interest (37.9 per cent), differences between the curriculum and original expectations (24.1 per cent), and unsatisfactory results (20.4 per cent).

Ng reminded students of the risks of giving up an elective. “Be aware of the university admission requirements and consider what would happen after you have dropped it.” Ng also said schools should tell students about further or vocational education opportunities so they can make choices that match their interests and abilities.