Reforms in the National College Entrance Exams Gets Mixed Opinions
Mixed opinions are heard after the Ministry of Education have announced that they will start a large scale reforms on the National College Entrance Examinations in China. no detail plans have been released yet on how the reform will be implemented as the reforms are still to be issued.
The big step in the reform is that the English exam will be removed from the National College Entrance Exams and will be turned into a regular exam that will be held several times in a year. Another reform that will be implemented is the cancellation of dividing the students into science and art group. Students that are planning to take up vocational and technical courses don’t need to take the National College Entrance Exams but will be recruited in accordance to different school requirements based on their performance in academic proficiency tests during their senior high school years and the results of their career aptitude tests.
The localized practice on the new NCEE policy will be implemented at the end of 2014 and the reformed policy will be implemented across the country by 2017. A majority of parents have expressed their support in the cancellation of the division of the art and science subjects as many of them along with teachers expressed their concern that it will be difficult for students in enrolling into universities based on the new policy.