School’s en­roll­ment meth­ods un­fair

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - KNOWN FOR ITS SUC­CESS IN PRE­PAR­ING STU­DENTS

for the na­tional col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions, or gaokao, Heng­shui No 1 High School in North China’s He­bei prov­ince is be­ing crit­i­cized for its pol­icy of seek­ing out high-per­form­ing of stu­dents na­tion­wide. The Mir­ror com­mented on Satur­day:

Apart from its semi-mil­i­ta­rized, re­sult-ori­ented man­age­ment, the school is of­ten ac­cused of in­fring­ing upon ed­u­ca­tional fair­ness be­cause of its en­roll­ment ef­forts na­tion­wide. Thanks to its close ties with deep-pock­eted in­vestors and Heng­shui High School, an es­tab­lished pub­lic school, Heng­shui No 1 High School has 18 branches across the coun­try, and its scouts try to find the best stu­dents na­tion­wide and en­list as many as they can.

That is why the school has been sus­pected of “play­ing both sides” and ac­cused of us­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of a well-run pub­lic school — even many lo­cal res­i­dents in Heng­shui don’t re­al­ize they are two dif-

fer­ent schools — and in­vestors’ money to fran­chise its op­er­a­tions. How­ever, its “pub­lic-pri­vate” own­er­ship struc­ture, which gives it an un­fair ad­van­tage in the com­pe­ti­tion for tal­ented young stu­dents, vi­o­lates the reg­u­la­tion that pri­vate schools should be in­de­pen­dent le­gal en­ti­ties.

Such a con­tro­ver­sial re­cruit­ment ap­proach should be re­vised, not least be­cause the school’s ad­mis­sion fees are higher than pub­lic schools. As a re­sult, those poor stu­dents or stu­dents who do not per­form well have been ex­cluded from this school, which is not just un­fair but also detri­men­tal to the de­vel­op­ment of a well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

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