Many of this year’s 54,642 DSE candidates received their main-round offers to the eight major university degree and sub-degree programmes in the midst of a citywide general strike.
They have to check the results at the Jupas website (jupas.edu.hk), and pay an HK$5,000 application fee by 5pm tomorrow if they wish to accept the placement. The Jupas website reminds applicants to consider paying via PPS or e-banking instead of in person.
Some students may have found themselves in trouble as traffic was disrupted by the suspension of MTR services, but most candidates had already expressed their intention to pay their fees electronically, bypassing potential problems.
Ken Yip Pak-ming, 18, from Buddhist Sin Tak College, received his university offer Monday morning and is not worried about the strike. “I’m just going to pay online. My classmates who planned to pay in person may need to go earlier,” he said, adding the school had already informed them of the different payment methods. Ken later told Young Post he completed his payment on Monday afternoon using PPS. “It just takes about one minute,” he said.
“The strike today does not really affect our Jupas admissions because applicants can pay through internet banking or other ways that don’t require going to the bank physically,” said Joyce Chan Lok-yi, 18, from St Mary’s Canossian College.
“I support the strike, which is a non-violent way of escalating the protests, since the government refuses to consider the protesters’ demands. While it will inconvenience the daily activities of Hong Kong people, it is necessary to raise awareness and put pressure on the government.”
Vivien Ng Hau-lam, 18, from St Mary’s Canossian College, said the strike didn’t affect Jupas applications because there were many methods of payment, including e-banking and PPS.
“Over the past two months, millions of protesters have voiced their views, sacrificing their blood and sweat, but the government hasn’t listened,” Vivien said. “It is thus important to pressurise the government to respond genuinely. The youngsters have been willing to stake their future on Hong Kong. Now, it is the adults’ turn to spend just a day in a most peaceful way – by going on strike to make a change.
“I fully support today’s strike for I know how much our future is worth safeguarding. If we don’t stand up today, we may not have the chance to stand up tomorrow.”
Lincoln Yu, a student from Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, said the government should be held fully responsible for today's strike. “Starting from June, there have been so many public processions, but the government refused to hear the voices of the people. In addition, the police used force to control people; that led to riots,” he said. “However, the spokesperson for the government only condemned the protesters and ‘thugs’, and refused to listen to the voices of the people. So they had to stand up for their rights. The strike will negatively affect Hong Kong’s economy, but the government is responsible for it.
“Fighting for the freedom of the people is far more important than a country’s economy. If we don’t stand up now, we may have no future.”
Another student from a local school, who did not wish to be named, said yesterday’s strike was much bigger than anything that had happened before. It may have a negative impact on the city’s economy but it would be better than allowing the government to pass the extradition bill.
She is unsure whether there will be riots tonight, but says that the protesters will not act that way unless they have no choice.