Taranvir Singh, an ethnic Indian born and raised in Hong Kong topped his school in this year’s Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination, Apple Daily reported Friday.
He came first in Secondary 6 at Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College, a direct subsidy school in To Kwa Wan, with two 5** and three 5* grades.
Taranvir also achieved a grade of A in Chinese in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam.
“Learning Chinese is very different from English, where you only have the alphabet,” he said.
“The shapes of Chinese characters are much more complex.”
For his outstanding results, the school awarded him a scholarship waiving his tuition fees.
Taranvir has picked the bachelor of business administration program in global business at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) as his first choice.
As the eldest son in a family of five living in a public housing estate in Yau Tong, Taranvir has set his sights on becoming a lawyer or a merchant after university, so as to be able to support his family.
Taranvir’s father is the family’s only breadwinner. He earns just over HK$10,000 a month working at a hotel car park.
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