Incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor show disagreement on the city's education policy. Photo:

The current administration would not scrap the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA), Hong Kong’s incumbent leader Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday morning, a day after his successor expressed her hope that it would be scrapped.

In 2014, the TSA – a test of a primary student’s basic knowledge in mathematics, and Chinese and English – drew controversy from parents because of mounting pressure on students to perform in addition to their already heavy workload.

Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday morning said she hoped the current administration would suspend the controversial tests for primary three students in the city, public broadcaster RTHK reported.

Leung said that if tests were to be cancelled, this would only be from July 1, implying that it would be the responsibility of Lam’s administration.

The TSAs were suspended in 2016 after complaints from parents and teachers, but the government is undertaking a research study to bring back a revamped version of the tests called Basic Competency Assessments.