It’s notoriously hard to do well in the Diploma for Secondary Education (DSE) exams. However, one local student recently found himself with more than prepping to worry about when he accidentally ended up at the wrong school for one of his tests.
At around 4pm last Wednesday, a 17-year-old boy surnamed Lee took a taxi from his home in Tsuen Wan to his Chinese oral examination at the Maryknoll Fathers’ School (MFS) in Shek Kip Mei… or so he thought. After disembarking the car, Lee found out to his horror that he’d actually been taken to the Maryknoll Convent School (MCS) in Kowloon Tong, over 20 minutes away from MFS by foot or public transport.
By the time Lee realised the error, the taxi had sped away, leaving him with insufficient cash to hail another cab and without much time to spare. Thankfully, when Lee explained his situation to a kind-hearted member of staff at MCS, she generously gave him HKD100 to take another taxi without a second’s hesitation, and told him to hurry.
Lucky Lee managed to get to Shek Kip Mei just in time for his 5pm examination, and said that he felt he did “quite well”. Later, the teen posted his story and a picture of the HKD100 bill to School Secrets, a popular Facebook page for local students, where netizens said the story “warmed their hearts”, and said it was a case of “good people doing good things”.
Many reminded Lee not to solely express his gratitude online, however. “Don’t forget to give the money back and personally thank the person who helped you!” one commenter said. Apple Daily reports that the 17-year-old made his way to MCS the next day and tried to personally hand HKD100 to his guardian angel, but had to pass it on to her colleague as she wasn’t there. But hey, at least the thought counts in this case, unlike with the DSE!