A candidate in this year’s Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) has topped all the eight subjects he took, a first in the history of the exam, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) says.
The male student earned 5** in eight subjects, as well as in the extended mathematics module, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
Eight other candidates also scored 5** in seven subjects.
In total, 83 candidates received 5** in five or more subjects, the HKEAA said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 17 candidates with special needs achieved 5** in two or more subjects.
Among the 50,642 day-school candidates, around 21,300 or 42 percent passed the basic requirement to be admitted to undergraduate programs offered by local universities, which is more than last year by 1.3 percentage points.
Approximately 1.41 students will compete for each publicly-funded university seat, assuming that all the successful examinees apply for the local programs which provide a combined 15,000 seats.
In four core subjects, 57.2 percent of the day-school candidates received a grade of 3 or above in Chinese Language; 53.8 percent gained level 3 or above in English Language, up 2 percentage points from last year; 82.5 percent got 2 or above in mathematics; and 89 percent scored 2 or above in Liberal Studies.
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