March 2021
Commencement of 2021 HKDSE
Professor Wei Xiang-dong, the New Secretary General Assumed Office
2022 HKDSE School-based Assessment Streamlined
High Turnout for the HKDSE Online Information Seminar

Commencement of 2021 HKDSE

The 2021 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) has just commenced with practical examinations for Physical Education and Music conducted from March while written examinations of 24 HKDSE Category A subjects are scheduled to start in late April. This year, more than 52,100 candidates have registered for the examination. The release of results is tentatively scheduled for 21 July 2021.

 

Of about 44,000 school candidates, around 90% registered for two to three elective subjects in addition to the four core subjects. Biology remains the most popular elective subject among school candidates with some 12,200 entries, followed by Chemistry and Economics with over 11,400 students entering the examinations. Please click here to read the 2021 HKDSE registration statistics.

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the HKEAA is trying out the home cum district centres during the examinations of HKDSE core subjects, for more flexibility in examination administration and to better take care of candidates in case of special circumstances and emergencies. The majority of the school candidates were arranged to sit for the examinations of core subjects at their own schools this year.

 

A series of contingency and precautionary measures will continue to be implemented in the 2021 HKDSE to ensure the health and well-being of candidates, examination personnel and all involved in the administration of the examinations. In addition to distribution of hard copy results notice, this year we will try out the option of releasing results to candidates via Short Message Service (SMS) as a back-up in case of contingency. Candidates choosing this service will receive text messages for their examination results and rechecking and remarking results (if applicable) in July and August 2021, respectively.

 

For details on the 2021 HKDSE contingency and precautionary measures, please read the Handbooks for Candidates and relevant announcement.

Professor Wei Xiang-dong, the New Secretary General Assumed Office

Professor Wei Xiang-dong, the new Secretary General of the HKEAA, has assumed office on 1 March 2021. Professor Wei leads the HKEAA by providing strategic directions and leadership for over 350 staff members of the HKEAA in supporting the administration and delivery of a wide range of public examination and assessment services for the school sector and the public.

 

Prior to joining the HKEAA, he was a Professor at Lingnan University’s Department of Economics. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Supervisor for Lingnan Institute of Further Education (LIFE). 'I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the education sector in another capacity. I look forward to working closely with the HKEAA Council, my colleagues and the education community. I am confident that with their dedicated support, the HKEAA can rise to challenges and changes with professionalism and continue to provide equitable and reliable examination and assessment services to the public and further enhance the international standing of the Authority,’ said Professor Wei.

 

The HKEAA will continue to work closely with the education community under Professor Wei’s leadership to deliver reliable, robust and rigorous public examination and educational assessment services in Hong Kong.

(From left) Ms Margaret Hui, Head of School Examinations and Assessment, Prof Ricardo Mak, Director of Public Examinations, Prof Wei Xiang-dong, Secretary General, and Ms Choy Siu-kwan, Head of Assessment Development, hosted a media briefing on 2021 HKDSE arrangements
2022 HKDSE School-based Assessment Streamlined

In view of the extended class suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 HKDSE School-based Assessment (SBA) requirements have been streamlined. Among the 14 subjects with SBA, ten subjects have had their SBA cancelled while four subjects have theirs streamlined, with the weighting of the papers/components of the subjects concerned adjusted.

 

The one-off arrangement is only applicable to current Secondary 5 students, to free up learning time and reduce assessment tasks requiring face-to-face contact, completion at school or intensive individual teacher guidance. The HKEAA will continue to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and announce as soon as possible further changes, if any, that have to be made to the 2022 HKDSE Assessment Frameworks.

 

Check out the school circular and the revised Assessment Frameworks for more details.

High Turnout for the HKDSE Online Information Seminar

As part of our initiative to engage the public and to enhance their understanding of the HKDSE, an online HKDSE Information Seminar was held on 30 January 2021 with over 700 parents, candidates, teachers and members of the public participating. During the seminar, representatives from the HKEAA introduced to them the marking and grading system of the HKDSE, various quality control mechanisms, and contingency measures for the 2021 HKDSE. The participants were enthusiastic and raised questions during the Q&A session.

 

Highlights of the event and presentation materials are now available on the website. The HKEAA organises activities for the public from time to time. Please stay tuned to our website for the latest activities.

(From left) Ms Margaret Hui, Head of School Examinations and Assessment, Dr So Kwok-sang, former Secretary General, and Ms Choy Siu-kwan, Head of Assessment Development answered questions from the participants online
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