Nearly 50 Percent of HKDSE Students Experienced Severe Stress While Wait For Results

Covid-19 pandemic causes fear of imperfection in school Life
By Vincent Lam
Vincent Lam
Vincent Lam
July 16, 2022 Updated: July 16, 2022

The results of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, commonly known as DSE, will be released on July 20, 2022. These results are significant to students wishing to go to top universities. An organization found almost 50 percent of the DSE interviewees suffered from the most severe stress, while over 60 percent of the respondents’ pressure levels had reached the “maximum.” As many as 60 percent felt the pandemic had tremendously impacted their exam studies.

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups conducted an online survey with 581 current DSE students between June 22 and July 7, 2022.

When asked how much stress the students felt on a scale of 1 to 10, 45.8 percent expressed their stress level was between 7 to 10. However, the number is slightly lower than last year’s figure of 49.2 percent. While 46 percent of the interviewees are concerned that they might experience signs of anxiety. Nearly 58 percent of the total participants feel support from their loved ones is essential and adequate.

In 2022, the DSE was met with the worst wave of COVID in Hong Kong. As The Education Bureau had been indecisive and erratic with the local exam rearrangements and possible cancellations, 60.6 percent of students felt the pandemic had impacted their exam preparation extensively. While over half of the students expressed that their study progress has been affected, 47.2 percent agreed that the pandemic has negatively affected their exam performance.

As the pandemic continues, 73 percent of the future graduating hopefuls said celebrations and extracurricular activities have been canceled, resulting in the feeling of “missing something in life.”

Vincent Lam