今早一邊吃早餐,一邊聽商業一台,剛巧今天的受訪者是考評局某位女士(能做這個節目的受訪者,職位必然不低),她在聽到主持人問及會考語文科的合格/不合格問題時,即時這樣回應:

「我想要大家的幫忙,不要提合格/不合格,我們的新評分標準,並沒有合格/不合格的,而是希望各取所需…」

差點噴麵(今天早餐吃麵啊!)…

一個考試,沒有合格/不合格,考來幹嗎?吃飽飯沒事做嗎?考試本來就是要分出能力的高低,是否合乎資格。「各取所需」,取什麼?需什麼?

考生取的是1級,但學校收生需要2級,有大學想定3級,老闆要你最少有2級才讓你當個小文員…哦!所謂「各取所需」,就是你有你取得的,我有我需要的,你拿個1級,很簡單,各取所需,你剛好就是不被需要的啦!

對,那是我的演譯,我們來看看考評局說什麼。你拿個1級,根據考評局所言,你的中文水平是「略具聽說讀寫能力。能抄出書面及口語材料的明顯事 實和大意。書面或 口語表達能傳遞零碎意念。複述或概述部份信息,能作粗略回應」;而英文水平則是「能理解內有熟識詞語的普通文章,並從中找到相關資料。能跟隨簡單書寫指引。能明白內容為考生熟識而速度緩慢、吐字清晰的說話,並可以記錄簡單事實和資料。可就熟識的題目以文字表達簡單意念,並能以簡單句子結構作略準確但詞匯甚少的講話。在有支緩下能參與可預計內容且簡短的對話(Understands and locates relevant information in simple texts where the vocabulary is familiar, and can follow simple written instructions. Understands slow and clear speech on familiar topics and can record some simple factual information. Expresses some simple ideas on familia topics in writing and speech with some accuracy in basics structures but with limited vocabulary. Can take part in short, predictable conversatinoal exchanges if given support.)」。

那即是什麼呀?

簡單一點來說,就是沒有學校會收取你讀中六,當然也不會有大學要你,想做個小文員也不可以。

那跟不合格有什麼分別呀?

簡單一點來說:沒有。

考評局之所以要把以往的ABCDEFU變成5*54321加不予評級,原意是希望大家不要拿2007年及以後的中學會考語文成績,與2006及以前的作比較,因為從今年2007年起,語文科不再拉曲線,不再以normal distribution正常分佈的百分比來計算級別,而是以absolute marking實際得分來分級。即是說,以前是全港學生排名次,現在起是拿到一定分數就到一定的級別,不用再跟別人比較。

「多餘啦!」所有成年人都深信一句說話,就是「一蟹不如一蟹」,怎會把2007的考生與1997的作比較呢!?想也不用想,一定是1997的比較出息,1997年的那些,拿個E也比今年那些拿個什麼4級的好吧!

你們在笑吧!我剛好有一個學生是應屆會考生,成績不錯的,中英文都有5*。我問她現在的英文科是不是比以前容易了…

「簡直是初幼級呀!」

我非常有興趣看看後年的高級程度會考中英文成績會如何。Use of English與中國語文及文化科,將依然是用拉曲線方式評分,而且考試內容及程度不變,那後年高考中英文科合格率,與應屆會考中英文科合格率比較,會得出個什麼樣的數字呢?

While having breakfast this morning, I was listening to CR1. It so happen the interviewee of the day is a lady from HKEAA (and she has to be a higher-ranked official to be interviewed in this program). As the host asked about the passing/failing of language subjects in HKCEE, she immediately responded,

“I’d like everyone to help here: don’t talk about pass/fail. Our new assessment criteria doesn’t have any pass/fail but rather to let everyone get what he/she needs."  

And I almost spitted out some noodles (I’ve got noodles as breakfast today!)…

If there’s no such thing as pass/fail in an exam, what would anyone take it? Just got nothing to do? The purpose of exam is to identify whether one’s capability meets the standard. “Let everyone get what he/she needs"…get what and need what?

So a student’s got a grade 1 but secondary schools only take grade 2 holders, universities wanna admit grade 3 holders, and bosses won’t hire you as a clerk unless you’ve got at least a grade 2. So this is it! “Let everyone get what he/she needs" means you get what you’ve got and i have my own needs. If you’ve got a grade 1, according to everyone gets what he/she need, you’re not needed! 

Alright, that’s my interpretation. Let’s take a look at what the HKEAA says. If you get a grade 1, according to HKEAA, your Chinese level is “grasped certain capability of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and can copy obviously facts and meanings from written and oral materials, can convey broken meanings by writing/speaking, may repeat or summarize partial information and make simple response"; and your English level is “Understands and locates relevant information in simple texts where the vocabulary is familiar, and can follow simple written instructions. Understands slow and clear speech on familiar topics and can record some simple factual information. Expresses some simple ideas on familia topics in writing and speech with some accuracy in basics structures but with limited vocabulary. Can take part in short, predictable conversatinoal exchanges if given support". 

What does that mean?

Well, in a word, that means no school would take you in for F.6 and of course you can’t get into any uni, nor can you be a clerk.

Then, how does it differ from a fail?

Well…NO.

The reason that HKEAA has changed the previous gradings of ABCDEFU to 5*54321, is that they don’t want people to compare the HKCEE result of 2007 and on with that of 2006 and before, coz from 2007, result of language subjects is no longer based on a deviation curve and the gradings are no longer assessed by normal distribution percentage, rather, it’s made by absolute marking. That means, grading was based on ranking all students in HK but now it’s if you’ve got certain marks, you get certain grade. Comparison eliminated. 

“Redundant!" All grown-ups believe such saying, “next generation is not as good as the last generation". How’d they compare students of 2007 with those of 1997? Don’t even have to think, of course it’s the 1997 ones being better – even if he/she’s only got an E, he/she’s still better than someone having a so-called grade 4 this year!

You guys must be laughing…well, I just have a student who has sat in HKEAA this year and her result is pretty good. She’s got 5* in both Chinese and English. And I ask her if English in the current syllabus is easier than the old syllabus…

“It’s kindergarten level!"