Num­bers will af­fect some col­leges

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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