6 HK schools account for city’s 7 perfect scores in Diploma of Secondary Education exams

22-Jul-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The seven perfect grades in Hong Kong’s university entrance exams this year came from students at six secondary schools, it was revealed on Wednesday, including four that produced their first-ever top scorers.

The first students from their respective institutions to ace all seven subjects since the 2012 introduction of the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams were: Ian Chiu Yi-lap, 17, of PLK Tang Yuk Tien College in Tuen Mun; Jodie Chan Lok-yung, 18, of St Stephen’s Girl’s College in the Mid-Levels; Sunny Ching Long, 18, of Ying Wa College in Sham Shui Po; and Martin Leung Pok-yin, 18, of Queen Elisabeth School in Mong Kok.

Diocesan Girls’ School in Jordan was the only one to count two top scorers among its ranks: Emily Chan Hoi-ying and Lee Cheuk-lam, both 18.

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The seventh high flier was Serena Yu Sheung-wing, 17, of St Mary’s Canossian College in Tsim Sha Tsui.

A perfect score on the DSE means getting a 5** the highest grade possible across all four core subjects and three electives.

Three of the seven high scorers Chiu, Yu and Emily Chan are considered “super achievers”, because they also attained a 5** in the mathematics elective module.

Yu, who aced the core subjects, as well as physics, chemistry and biology, and the mathematics extended module, said she hoped to study medicine in Hong Kong.

“I hope to discover new technology to help advance the medical field. During this pandemic, I saw how the development of vaccines was a great contribution to the world. I hope to make a similar accomplishment that will be beneficial for Hong Kong and perhaps the rest of the world,” she said.

While Yu said she had not yet decided which university to attend, she was certain she would remain in Hong Kong for the time being.

“I feel a great sense of belonging in the city that I grew up in, and I really want to contribute to it. I hope that I can give whatever I can back to society because it has nurtured me so much, and I want to help make it a better city,” she said.

This was the first year in which students were sent their exam results via SMS issued at 9am in addition to picking up their certificates at school.

With a record low number of 49,976 candidates sitting for the written portion of the exams in April and May this year, the exam authority has said it could make it easier for the 17,000 secondary school pupils who achieved the minimum requirement to land a subsidised first-year university placement.

The DSE exam replaced the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and A-levels exams.



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