Hong Kong achieved the highest pass rate in the 2016 International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) examinations, with 18 students scoring full marks.
The number is down from 27 last year but the pass rate is the highest in the world, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Of the more than 2,000 students who sat the Hong Kong exams, 97 percent passed the two-year educational program, an internationally accepted qualification for higher education.
The world pass rate was 79 percent and that in Asia Pacific was 89 percent.
Hong Kong examinees scored an average of 35.98 out of 45, higher than the average of 30.14 among more 149,000 students worldwide.
The Hong Kong score also topped the Asia Pacific average of 33.16.
The Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CISHK) said two of its students — Alina Bharwani and Margaret Ho — scored 45.
Both have received admission to several universities in Hong Kong and overseas.
The average score of CISHK examinees was 36.5, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing school officials.
Belinda Greer, chief executive of the English Schools Foundation, said 99 percent of its students passed the exams this year with an average score of 36.1, its best result ever.
About 25 percent of its examinees, scored 40 or higher, she said.
Meanwhile, none of the students from two prestigious schools — Diocesan Boys’ School and St. Paul’s Co-educational College — scored full marks this year.
However, the average score of their students were 40.21 and 40.3, respectively, higher than the global and Asia Pacific average.
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