More stu­dents shun to go abroad

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Col­leges are cur­rently of­fer­ing ad­mis­sion no­tices to fresh­men, but Ni Shuyi, a grad­u­ate from an elite high school, is not in­ter­ested, since she re­ceived an of­fer from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego, in March.

Ni is by no means alone in se­cur­ing a place at a univer­sity abroad. She said class­rooms at her school in Shang­hai were nearly empty in the months lead­ing to June 7 and 8, when the the col­lege en­trance exam, takes place.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry fig­ures show that about 10 per­cent of, or more than 1 mil­lion, high school grad­u­ates did not take the

in each of the past five years. About 20 per­cent of high school grad­u­ates in some top schools in cities such as Bei­jing and Shang­hai have cho­sen to study over­seas, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

This re­sulted in the Chi­nese stu­dent pop­u­la­tion abroad ris­ing to 400,000 in 2013, and it is con­tin­u­ing to in­crease, the min­istry said.

Spe­cial classes for stu­dents ap­ply­ing to univer­si­ties over­seas have be­come com­mon at schools na­tion­wide to help them pre­pare for the TOEFL and SAT US ad­mis­sions tests.

Agen­cies that help stu­dents who want to study abroad said the sum­mer used to be a busy time as those with dis­ap­point­ing

re­sults sought places over­seas, but this is no longer the case.

Teng Zheng, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Shang­hai CIIC Ed­u­ca­tion In­ter­na­tional, said: “Stu­dents no longer only re­gard over­seas ed­u­ca­tion as an al­ter­na­tive if they fail the In­stead, it’s be­com­ing some peo­ple’s first choice.”

Over the past few years there have been sev­eral at­tempts to re­form the sys­tem.

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