Hong Kong Examinations Authority to File Police Report After DSE Exam Content Leaked on Chinese Social Media

Exam content from Hong Kong's DSE exams leaked on Chinese social media, leading to an arrest and raising concerns about exam security in the digital age.

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Hong Kong Examinations Authority to File Police Report After DSE Exam Content Leaked on Chinese Social Media

Hong Kong Examinations Authority to File Police Report After DSE Exam Content Leaked on Chinese Social Media

The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) has found that exam content from this year's Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams, including the citizenship and social development, mathematics, and English listening tests, has been leaked on the Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu. The authority has reported the cases to the police and customs, and a 23-year-old woman, identified as Lau, has been arrested on suspicion of uploading the English listening test.

According to the HKEAA, the preliminary evidence suggests that Lau, who was an invigilator for the DSE exams and also worked as a teaching assistant at a secondary school, leaked the information after the related subject exams had finished. The authority stated that the leak occurred after the exam was conducted and did not impact the test's integrity.

The HKEAA has traditionally allowed schools to use past DSE exam questions for teaching purposes, but it is illegal to publicly share or upload the content online. Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung stated that if the person who posted the papers was an exam officer, they would breach the secrecy requirements under the ordinance. Offenders can face up to 6 months in prison and a fine of HK$25,000.

Why this matters: The leaking of exam content raises concerns about the security and integrity of the DSE exams, which are critical for students seeking to enter universities in Hong Kong. The incident also highlights the challenges of preventing exam leaks in an increasingly connected digital world, where social media platforms can facilitate the rapid spread of sensitive information.

The HKEAA has reminded examination personnel that it is strictly prohibited to reproduce or publish the content of examination papers without approval. The authority also had to suspend the use of a new digital roll-call system for students due to technical issues during the exams. Experts suggest that the government should increase public awareness about the legal consequences of leaking exam content, which can lead to imprisonment and criminal records.

The practice of sharing exam papers after tests is more common on the mainland, and the establishment of assessment centers there for Hong Kong students has created a market for DSE curriculum courses, potentially leading to more leaks on other mainland platforms. The HKEAA has warned that anyone who contravenes the provisions of the HKEAA Ordinance can face up to six months' imprisonment and a HK$25,000 fine.

Key Takeaways

  • Exam content from 2022 DSE exams leaked on Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu.
  • A 23-year-old woman, an invigilator and teaching assistant, arrested for leaking English listening test.
  • Leaking exam content is illegal and can lead to 6 months in prison and HK$25,000 fine.
  • Exam leaks raise concerns about security and integrity of DSE exams, critical for university admission.
  • HKEAA warned against reproducing or publishing exam content without approval to prevent further leaks.