St. Paul’s Co-educational College is a famous Hong Kong secondary school where many parents would give their right arm for their child to be admitted as a student.
However, some of the questions the school asks candidates during screening interviews might seem a little strange.
Principal Anissa Chan Wong Lai-kuen told parents at a seminar Saturday that candidates must meet requirements besides good grades and trophies earned in elementary school, such as extensive participation in extracurricular activities.
Teacher’s evaluations of candidates during the face-to-face interviews are also very important, Chan said.
The school is expected to select 450 out of an expected 1,200 applicants to undergo an interview on Feb. 27.
Chan promised that the science-related questions posed to candidates during the 45-minute interview will not be on unfamiliar topics.
In fact, deputy principal Sum Yau-man revealed that one question might be “How would you make a tasty cup of Ovaltine?”
The question is aimed to test a candidate’s curiosity, thinking process and attitude toward science, and there is no absolutely correct answer, Chan said.
The topic has stirred up a hot exchange of comments online.
Some netizens said it might be hard for some children to answer because they have grown up under the care of domestic helpers and may never have made a drink for themselves.
Now someone appears to have seen an opening to cash in on a real need.
A photo showing a course introduction for children aged three to six on how to make different kinds of drinks surfaced on social media Monday.
It stated that the nine-hour course, which costs HK$2,600 (US$335), will teach children how to make tasty drinks including coffee, Hong Kong-style milk tea, Ovaltine, Horlicks and lemon tea.
A child will get a certificate when he or she completes the course.
The photo has gone viral, but most netizens suspect it’s just a spoof, poking fun at the extent to which parents will go to improve the chances of their kids getting into an “elite” school.
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