Nearly half of the students who sat Hong Kong high school graduation exams this year can rule out going to university in the city because they fell short of a minimum score in Chinese, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing data from the Examination Authority.
The students failed to gain at least grade 3 in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education’s Chinese test, a prerequisite for entering university, the report said. About 240 students who scored a 5, the highest level, in English missed out on a 3 in the Chinese exam.
In all, around 33,300 students passed the Chinese test.
The ratio of test takers making the Chinese language grade dropped by 0.5 percentage point this year to 51.8 percent from 2013.
The pass rate for English rose about 4 percentage points to 52.8 percent this year.
Of the 78,401 students who took the tests this year, 27,744 students met university entrance requirements, with 2.22 students eligible on average for each available place in a tertiary institution.
About 3,000 fewer students sat the exams compared with last year.
According to Ming Pao Daily, seven male and five female students gained the highest possible grade of 5** in all seven subjects they sat, the highest total since the exams were introduced three years ago.
Seven students with special education needs obtained 5** in three subjects.
Examination Authority secretary general Tong Chong-sze said the results are very encouraging. Tong said 1,595 special needs students sat the exams this year, despite having to put in more effort than other students.
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