Education in China: Fewer high school grads fight for university place
A smaller number of students will take the national college entrance examination in 2011 than did in past years, according to a report released by a website run by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The site, www.eol.cn, suggested the trend of fewer people taking the test is likely to continue until 2020. The reduced interest in the test, which is the benchmark by which students are admitted to university, is likely to have an impact on the financial situation of some of the nation’s universities.
“Around 110,000 students took the national college entrance examination in Beijing in 2006 and this year is the sixth consecutive year that the capital has seen a smaller number of students take the exam,” said Xu Chongren, chief of the Beijing-based admissions office of Peking University.