Hong Kong exams moved

Hong Kong’s university exams entered their second day on Saturday, with more candidates taking the tests, but about 80 students were forced to use a backup venue after a school closed because of Covid-19 risks.

Why cannot we do this in the UK? Run a Covid test before the exams. As exams are by their very nature social distancing.

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Last Saturday’s chemistry exams at the Lai King assessment centre, after Shung Tak Catholic English College in Yuen Long was abruptly shut until May 3 because a pupil tested positive for the coronavirus.

They were among more than 12,000 candidates who sat for the test for the high school elective subject at 8.30am, compared with 3,400 students on Friday.

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“I feel [the venue change] was a bit unexpected,” said candidate Mary Tsui, 17, one of the affected students

While previously exams in Uzbekistan were sat out doors in the sun.

exam taking in the outdoors

The number of candidates taking exams in hong kong mean cancelling exams was not possible or sensible.

The affected candidates took Saturday’s chemistry tests at the exam authority’s Lai King assessment centre, after Shung Tak Catholic English College in Yuen Long was abruptly shut until May 3 because a pupil tested positive for the coronavirus.

They were among more than 12,000 candidates who sat for the test for the high school elective subject at 8.30am, compared with 3,400 students on Friday.

“I feel [the venue change] was a bit unexpected,” said candidate Mary Tsui, 17, one of the affected students.

While a ambush lock down meant that only 2 pupils could not make the exams.

The exams are for the core subjects, which will be taken by most candidates, will begin next week.

It begs the question why we cannot put on exams here in the UK.

We have far more space and a lot of social distancing possible in exam centres. We could even build extra marquees to sit exams .