Numbers will affect some colleges
A decline in the number of students taking the gaokao college entrance exam will force some colleges and universities to find novel recruitment methods if they want to enroll enough students, education experts have warned.
The annual national college entrance exam began on Tuesday, with 9.4 million students taking it nationwide, 20,000 fewer than last year. The gaokao is considered the most important exam in China, as only a small proportion of the students can be enrolled at top universities each year.
Chen Zhiwen, editor- inchief of eol.cn, said the drop in numbers is not good news for some lesser-known colleges and universities.
“Fewer students taking the gaokao mean it will be more difficult for these colleges and universities to recruit enough students,” Chen said.
He believes the decline is due to the shrinking population of college-age students and more Chinese students wanting to study overseas.