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The opening hours of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) students' study rooms (SSR) will be extended during the examination period from March 1 to May 31. March 15 to May 20 (admission card is required)Morning session: 8am to 12.30pmAfternoon session: 12.45pm to 5.15pmEvening session: 5.30pm to 10pm (Mondays to Fridays)/ 5.30pm to 9.30pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) March 8 to May 31 (seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for each session and no admission card is required)Opening Hours: 8am to 10pm (Mondays to Fridays)/ 8am to 9.30pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) People who intend to use the SSR service during this examination period can apply for admission cards by post from today. Applicants should be registered borrowers of the HKPL, and he/she can only submit one application and opt for one of the listing sessions. Priority will be given to candidates sitting for major public exams and professional exams. Application forms and details of the regulations are available at the "Library Notices" section on the HKPL's website. The deadline for application is February 6, with the postmark date on the envelope taken as the application date. The result will be posted on the notice board of the respective public libraries from February 20 to 27. Application forms and details of the regulations will be available at the public libraries provided with SSR upon their reopening. Applicants can submit the completed application forms in person to the reopened library where the selected SSR is located on or before the application deadline. The arrangement will apply to the SSR service at Shek Tong Tsui, Chai Wan, Quarry Bay, Aberdeen, Pok Fu Lam, Lockhart Road, Kowloon, To Kwa Wan, Ngau Tau Kok, Shui Wo Street, Lam Tin, Po On Road, Lai Chi Kok, Ngau Chi Wan, San Po Kong, Yau Ma Tei, Fa Yuen Street, Sha Tin, Ma On Shan, Yuen Chau Kok, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, North Kwai Chung, South Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi, Yuen Long, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai, Fanling, Sheung Shui, Tai Po, Sai Kung, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O, Cheung Chau and Tung Chung Public Libraries.The HKPL may change and alter the opening hours or admission arrangement of SSR in response to public health concerns or other special circumstances when necessary. Please note the latest announcements of the HKPL. For enquiries, please contact individual libraries or call Customer Hotline at 2921 0208 for the SSR service.
If you are one of the students considering retaking the HKDSE, be reminded not only it is important to find the ways to boost your academic results, but also to evaluate your decision strategically. Candidates should also pay attention to crucial information such as entry qualifications and application timeline in order to plan ahead for your repeating year. 01 | Three Variables With reference to Hok Yau Club’s article, "3 Major Considerations for Retaking DSE" (Chinese version only), three key variables are extracted below which would help the repeaters to make informed decisions. For details, please refer to the relevant website: - Evaluate your past experience of preparing for the DSE- Align your interests and/or aspirations with your decision of repeating DSE- Choose a suitable method to retake (e.g. repeating DSE at the same or at another school, or being a private candidate) 02 | Entry Qualifications for Private Candidates A person may enter for the 2024 DSE as a private candidate provided he/she has satisfied the requirements set out at (a) or (b) or (c) below: (a) The person has sat the previous HKDSE or an equivalent examination, or(b) The person has reached the age of 19 by 1 January of the year of the Examination, or(c) The person has completed or is currently pursuing a non-HKDSE curriculum equivalent to Secondary 6 as determined by the HKEAA in the year preceding the Examination. The Authority may consider applications from persons possessing other qualifications or pleading special circumstances. Persons who have sat other public examinations are expected to demonstrate a suitable level of competence in the same subject(s) entered for the Examination and may be required to provide supporting documents from their schools (if applicable). Persons who are currently pursuing an HKDSE curriculum will not normally be considered for special entry to the Examination. Exceptional cases may be considered on a case-by-case basis (please refer to the website for any updates). 03 | Instructions to Applicants Students can submit their applications through the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Online Services. For the registration details, please refer to Registration for Category C (Other Languages) Subjects Instructions to Applicants (Private Candidates). 04 | Repeat Secondary 6 If you would like to repeat Secondary 6 at other schools, you may refer to the Life Planning website of the Education Bureau for the list of “Schools admitting HKDSE S6 repeaters from the other schools”. Also,repeaters and private candidates attending designated evening secondary courses are eligible to apply for a variety of subsidy schemes provided by the Government, such as “Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme” and “Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses”. Please refer to another story of the DSE Student Support Kit, “Subsidy Schemes for Local Studies” for details. Sources: Hok Yau Club (Chinese version only) Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment AuthorityLife Planning Website of the Education Bureau
Study Rooms There are various types of study rooms for youth in different districts. And the Study Room Scheme organised by EDB is aimed to provide a quiet place for students to study, especially for those residing in crowded and noisy homes.The study rooms self-financed / subvented by SWD, LCSD, HAD and non-government organizations (List of study rooms), can be found in each districts, which are very convenient to the youngsters.