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Video: Interest-oriented enrollment to inspire creativity

03-04-2011 20:56 BJT


Although many Chinese students demonstrate strong academic abilities, they are often accused of lacking creativity. As our reporter Shen Le finds out, education institutions have recently been finding ways of recruiting students with academic "interests", and not just the ability score high....

For Chinese high-school students, the college entrance exam is a fate-deciding battle. But not everyone emerges victorious.

One High School Student said, "Not everyone can make it to university, even after 12-years of hard work. Some students may have very strong interests in certain subjects, and do poorly in others. Their interest may help them become prominent scholars at Universities if given the chance."

That chance was pioneered in 2003. However, it was not until earlier this year that independent enrollment became widespread among Chinese universities.

Educators hope the system will give students with real potential another chance.

Xu Mei, Spokeswoman of Ministry of Education, said, "The purpose of independent enrollment is to provide another way into higher education. 80 universities have the right to do it. Actually, the results have been good."

The emphasis on academic interests is reflected in the battle to compete for the best students.

Wei Lidong, Enrollment Office of Shanghai Univ. of Finance & Economics, said, "We need students who can score high. But we also need students who are passionate about their subject. I'll select the latter kind of student if both qualify for the finals."

Many parents have questioned the fairness of the independent-enrollment system, saying it could disrupt unified assessment standards included in the college entrance exam. 

Huang Xiaoting P.H.D, Peking University, said, "This is an early phase of independent enrollment. We need to step up supervision to ensure the process is transparent and fair. We also need optimization to find more students with true potential."

“Most of the students enrolled this way are still studying in university, and are yet to graduate. So it's difficult to make any judgment as to whether the independent enrollment system will succeed in helping Chinese universities churn out more creativity. But for students and parents, it never hurts to have a backup plan. Shen Le, CCTV, Beijing.”

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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