Reform on Changing Entrance Exam for High School Open for Public Opinion
A drafted plan was recently released that is open for public opinion states that the high school entrance examinations for junior middle school in Shenzhen will now consists of six separate tests in 2015. The tests will consist of mathematics, English, Chinese, speaking and listening, ethics and history, physics and chemistry, geography and biology. The test will have full marks of 150 points while the geography and biology tests will be taken at the end of junior 2. Also a physical education test will also be implemented in 2015.
As of the moment students are taking five tests mainly mathematics, Chinese, science, English, society and history for high school entrance exams. Education authorities said that the new tests are intended to reduce the burden and at the same time prepare the students in entering high school.
The last time the city reformed the city’s high school entrance exams were around ten years ago. Two new tests were made namely a science test which combines chemistry, physics and a society and history test that combines geography and history. But these reforms are criticized as most of these students were not taught in physics and chemistry in high school making people doubt the new plans.
Most teachers agree that a more effective way of reducing the burden on students is to reduce the number of tests.