from MOE website:
At the end of Secondary Three, a pupil studying HMTL will be allowed to sit for the GCE ‘O’ Level MTL paper. If the pupil is unable to cope with both English and HMTL, he will be allowed to switch to English and MTL.
Hope someone can help clarify the following:
a) Is it true that a child taking HCL does not seat for the normal chinese at "O" levels? (This is unlike primary school where a child taking HCL seats for both normal Chinese and HCL papers and as such gets grades for both subjects)
b) Though it is stated from the MOE website that a child is ALLOWED to sit for the "O" level normal chinese paper at end of Sec 3. however, how different is the syllabus between the two? Is it like in the primary school case, where the HCL is the normal chinese syllabus plus additional stuff? This is because I heard that HCL at secondary level does not examine the oral component (hence not taught) but the normal chinese does. Is this true?
c) Also, I wonder if there are any instances whereby the school offering HCL does not cater / prepare students to take the "O" level normal chinese paper at Sec 3 first, since the MOE stance is "ALLOWED", not "MUST". Does anyone know anything about this?
I have heard from some that because of the L1R5 requirement for JC admission (and I think some poly courses as well), they would rather the child not take HCL so that they can do better for normal chinese then struggle with HCL. That way, they can get a better grade for normal chinese to be used for the R5 component.
This is where my confusion lies. If the HCL is like in primary level, where the child takes both normal and HCL papers at "O" levels, then this issue of "risk of lower grades in HCL" affecting the L1R5 requirement won't be there right? That is assuming the child does take both papers at "O" levels and the schools do prepare the students for both. Hence the questions above.
Anyone can help clarify my confusion?