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不要把联考当“小高考”- One Should not Regard the Liankao as a 'Small Gaokao' print version
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Taking the initiative in recruiting students is the inevitability of the reform in the college entrance examination (gaokao). For a long time, the disadvantages of gaokao have already been attacked by the wide society. The jointly-given entrance exam (liankao) of universities comes to being exactly due to this background, as liankao is breaking little by little the conservative domain of gaokao.

However, as a fresh thing in probation, shortcomings also exist in the universities' liankao. Liankao is under the suspicion of jointly 'robbing' the students' resource, which in some level could be said to bring about new education unfairness. Secondly, the liankao exam answer-sheet is pressing forward towards high strength and high difficulty levels. In reality, if the exam papers of the liankao become a contest, or another type of 'small gaokao', then not only it would not be beneficial in evaluating the real abilities of the examinees, it could also generate harmful misleading in the basic education.

More significant, is reason why many parents are dissatisfies of the universities' liankao's examinees, lying basically on the fact that this type of liankao still hasn't made a comprehensive breakthrough within the gaokao system. Passing liankao is merely enjoying the benefit of additional grade points in the result of the future gaokao, nominally expanding the options of the examinees, which could actually add burden on the examinees instead (of reducing it). Although the present student recruiting initiative of universities, make people unsatisfied in some aspects, we can understand this as an unavoidable price in the educational reform process. We should make great effort in truly realizing a two-way choice between students and universities, setting up a competitive market mechanism in high education.

Based on an article that appeared in Renmin Wang (人民网), .

[1] 高考 gāokǎo - College entrance examination; the extremely important exam high-school (gao zhong) student attend in the end of their studies, determining which class of universities they could apply for and in which majors.

[2]高考改革 gāokǎo gǎigé - 'Reform of the college-entrance examination'; In 2010 a new era of reforms in the gaokao was initiated by the Ministry of Education, wishing to reduce the importance of the gaokao, as the only measurement of an applicant qualification for higher education. Thus far, several universities (most notable in Beijing and Shanghai) have initiated additional criteria to examine students' applications, such as interviews, accepting letters of recommendations from high-school principles, special university-written exams and the liankao (see 3). These methods do not replace the gaokao, but allow students to receive additional points through alternative channels as well.

[3] 高校联考 gāoxiào liánkǎo - 'Universities' jointly-given entrance exam'; An exam initiated by top Chinese universities, mainly in Beijing in Shanghai, which serves as an additional factor to the gaokao grade, when examining students' applications. Several universities are conducting an exam they have jointly generated. The main criticism on this method is that it allows urban and middle-class students to improve their enrollment chances, while not having such effect on rural students.

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