Study Abroad : Dropping a year

【明報專訊】One thing I didn't realise when I applied to schools in the UK was that Hong Kong students are a year older than their British counterparts. Although we all finish secondary education at 18, we start primary school at six in Hong Kong and at five in the UK. As a result, there is a year's difference in age in corresponding year groups. For example, I joined Oundle in the Second Form, which is the equivalent of Secondary 2. But I was 13 when everyone else was 12.