Reforms for the NCEE Finally Revealed
The plans to reform the rigid National College Entrance Examinations in China are now unveiled by the Ministry of Education. As of the moment the results of the two day test decides on the university places of millions of senior high school graduates every year. But based on the new proposals, university admissions will be relying less on the results of the NCEE and to look into the results of the different tests of subjects that will be scheduled throughout the three year senior high school life. And by the year 2020 students will need only three subjects in the NCEE namely Chinese, English and mathematics.
The reforms in the NCEE intends to phase out the integrated subjects tests, including the three science or social science subjects but depending on the student if he is taking tests in arts or in science sequence in which all decisions will fall on the students as they enter their second year of senior high school. Instead these students need to take standardized tests in six subjects separately at a time of their own choosing.
Te reforms also promises to give students a second chance in passing the test in English and in all six science and social science subjects. First year high school students from Shanghai and in Zhejiang are chosen to be the first to test out the reformed plans to take part in the new NCEE in 2017. The reforms are so far the most comprehensive and complicated plans since the country reintroduced the NCEE. This will ensure that the students will gain all round skills from their high school education.