Four students got perfect scores at the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination this year, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) revealed, ahead of the results announcement on Wednesday.
The four champions were a male student from the Queen’s College in Tin Hau, a female student from St. Paul’s Co-educational College at Mid-Levels and two female students from Diocesan Girls’ School in Jordan, Radio Television Hong Kong reports.
This year’s results marked the lowest number of top scorers since the new exam format was introduced in 2012.
But HKEAA secretary general Tong Chong-sze said the public should not just look at the top scorers, noting that the overall performance of students sitting the examination has improved this year.
There were five top scorers in 2012, nine in 2013, 12 in 2014 and 11 last year.
“The term ‘top scorer’ can be traced back to the ancient Chinese palace examination and was the highest rank in the imperial examination system,” Tong said.
“It is interesting that we are still talking about it even after the imperial examination was abolished more than a century ago.”
A total of 15,926 students scored 19 points and above in this year’s HKDSE exams. With 15,000 places available from eight local universities, it means over 90 percent of this year’s examinees could be enrolled in a university.
There were also seven male students and 12 females who got the highest 5** grade in six subjects, while 55 students got 5** in five subjects.
Six students with special education needs got the 5** grade in three subjects, which means they could get a university place.
The oldest HKDSE student this year was 69 years old, who took six subjects, while the youngest was 12, who took only one subject.
A visually-impaired female student surnamed Lee from Carmel Pak U Secondary School in Tai Po achieved an outstanding 5** grade in six subjects, even without any special arrangement during the examination.
According to the HKEAA, three students were caught cheating, with two of them attempting to copy answers from other students sitting next to them, while the other one was found to have used a smartphone to search for information during the examination.
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