Congratulations to the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority on its 40th Anniversary. I am proud to have been a member of the HKEAA Secretariat for 26 years, from 1978 to 2004.

Over the past forty years, the HKEAA has effectively evolved from its basic mandate of running public school-leaving examinations in Hong Kong to administering many different examinations and assessment, including the Basic Competency Assessments, language proficiency tests and a great number of professional and overseas examinations. During my time there, the HKEAA developed its vision and mission statements and it has certainly lived up to them ever since. Apart from ensuring the fundamental necessities of validity and reliability in its examinations, the HKEAA also puts strong emphasis on providing equitable assessment in fair conditions to all its candidates, regardless of gender, race, religion or disability.

The HKEAA has always maintained close contact with the government, schools, tertiary institutions and employers in Hong Kong, as well as educational organizations and examining bodies overseas and in Mainland China. In addition to making sure that its examinations have local and worldwide recognition, trust and support, the regular exchanges have helped the HKEAA to understand and respond to the educational and societal needs in Hong Kong and to be aware of the latest developments and practices in examinations and educational assessment. I have enjoyed organising and participating in many discussion forums, school seminars and international conferences during my time in the HKEAA and one of the highlights was the hosting of the 28th Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment in Hong Kong in 2002.

The HKEAA should be proud of its achievement as it continues to develop and strengthen the framework that provides examinations and educational assessment for people in Hong Kong, according them the qualifications they deserve in a fair, trustworthy, effective and efficient manner.
Dr Eva Poon Scott
Deputy Secretary General (1996 – 2004)
Dr Eva Poon Scott
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