A total of 12 students have achieved top scores in this year’s Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination this year. Nine boys and three girls received perfect scores of 5** in each of the four core subjects and three electives.
Among them, five boys and one girl were also named “super top scorers”, with eight 5** in four core subjects, three electives, and the Mathematics extended module.
A total of 86 students obtained 5** in five subjects or more, while one student with special education needs achieved 5** in five subjects.
This year, 46,717 day school and 6,745 private candidates sat the HKDSEs. Of these candidates, 19,728 day school candidates (42.2 per cent) met the minimum requirements needed to get into the eight government-funded universities in Hong Kong. This number is similar to last year. They obtained at least a Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language, and at least a Level 2 in Maths and Liberal Studies. Among these, 15,425 scored a total of 18 or above in their best five subjects.
They will compete for 15,000 government-funded undergraduate places, together with students from the non-Jupas route.
The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) revealed at a press conference there were nine cases of photo-taking in the exam centre or posting photos of the bar code labels or the exam venue online, which resulted in grade and mark deductions.
When asked about potentially changing Liberal Studies – one of the core subjects – into an elective, the HKEAA said they are “completely open” on the matter. They declined claims that the subject has caused student radicalisation.
“There is no evidence that Liberal Studies has radicalised students. No studies have been done on this,” said Christina Lee, HKEAA’s Director of Public Examinations.
The oldest candidate to take the HKDSEs this year was 70 years old, while the youngest was 11.