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Education bureau officers to join HKEAA in setting DSE papers

Education bureau officers to join HKEAA in setting DSE papers

Education Bureau will appoint at least one member to sit on committees scrutinizing DSE questions for each senior secondary subject, according to the local exam body.
The change will be introduced in the 2022 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exam, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority said.

This came after the Education Bureau asked the authority to invalidate the question for 5,200 DSE exam takers last year in which they were asked to argue whether Japan had done "more good than harm to China during the period between 1900 and 1945" in the history exam.

HKEAA announced that starting 2022, a curriculum officer nominated by the Education Bureau will be appointed as a member in the moderation committees for 24 DSE subjects, including four core subjects -- Chinese, English, Mathematics, Liberal Studies, and other electives.

The committees are for setting exam questions and marking schemes - for 24 DSE subjects.

The other members to be appointed by HKEAA can include university academics, secondary school teachers or principals, curriculum officers and subject specialists.

It will also set up a committee for arbitration, formed by senior officers from the HKEAA and representatives from the Education Bureau and the Curriculum Development Council.

This committee will be responsible for handling disputes that take place during question setting or remain unsettled within HKEAA internal meetings.

HKEAA emphasized that the work of the examination personnel is highly confidential in nature. Anyone caught in breach of the regulations is liable on conviction to a HK$25,000 fine and six months of imprisonment.
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