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SAR standards 'will be upheld' in mainland DSE exam scheme

SAR standards 'will be upheld' in mainland DSE exam scheme

Although Diploma of Secondary Education exams will be made available in the mainland starting 2024, all exam papers will still be marked in the SAR, according to the principal of a Guangzhou school for Hong Kong children.
Cheng King-leung, principal of Affiliated School of Jinan University for Hong Kong and Macao's Students, made his comments after some doubts were raised as to whether the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority would be able to adequately regulate and monitor exams held in the mainland.

Cheng urged the public to have faith in the authority, adding the invigilation process will follow standards set by the SAR and that surveillance cameras have been installed in exam centers.

However, Cheng admitted the exams should still be marked by Hong Kong teachers due to the necessary training involved.

"I believe there is still some time before mainland teachers can mark the papers," he said.

Cheng also highlighted the strong demand for the DSE curriculum among Greater Bay Area students, adding he expects the number of students signing up for the exam to increase by around 1,000 places every year.

Many mainland students sit the exam in order to apply for overseas universities, Cheng said, noting the diploma will only be available in mainland schools catering for Hong Kong children.

Cheng's comments came on the same day the authority announced that private candidates for next year's exams can begin registering for foreign language subjects. The registration will be conducted in two phases, with the second taking place in September.

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