Christian Zheng Sheng College, a private school focusing on reforming students with drug addiction and other problems through its life education program, has seen several of its students admitted to local universities for the first time in its 16-year history as an educational institution, Ming Pao Daily reported on Tuesday.
Li Chi-ching said she was inspired by principal Alman Chan, who said students of Zheng Sheng were among the least sought after under the old education system, but now have earned the respect and admiration of the community.
In this year’s Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examinations, Li obtained two level 4s, two level 3s and two level 2s, meeting the entry requirement for a university place.
“I used to see myself as rubbish, but I see a whole new world now and I am proud to become a university student coming from Zheng Sheng,” she said.
Looking back at the widespread opposition to Zheng Sheng’s proposed relocation to a Mui Wo campus, Li said even an unpleasant experience could hold a valuable lesson, noting that the residents’ objections to the plan taught her to be patient in an adverse situation.
Fellow schoolmate Tang Shun-yin was admitted to the Sports Science Faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, after obtaining two level 5s, three level 4s and a level 3 in the HKDSE exams.
Tang was sent to Zheng Sheng for stealing a bicycle when he was in secondary three. Motivated by principal Chan, Tang challenged himself to join the Sahara Marathon Race last November and successfully completed the 250-kilometer race in seven days.
“We can easily get carried away when things are going smoothly, but it’s when the going gets tough that we come to realize the ups and downs are a fact of life,” Tang said.
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