Teacher’s mis­take could hurt stu­dent’s chances

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHU LIXIN in He­fei zhulixin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties have pledged to help a stu­dent in eastern China who fears he could miss out on en­roll­ment at a top high school be­cause of an er­ror by a teacher dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Zhang Chaoyang, 16, had hoped to en­roll at Hu­oshan High School, one of the best in An­hui province, after scor­ing 700 out of 820 in the uni­fied high school en­trance ex­ams in mid-June.

His dream ap­peared to be dashed when it was dis­cov­ered that a teacher had changed his ap­pli­ca­tion with­out parental per­mis­sion, thereby re­duc­ing his chances of se­cur­ing a spot at the school.

An­hui stu­dents take a stan­dard exam but ru­ral stu­dents can ap­ply only to high schools in their county or district. Top scor­ers over­all make up 20 per­cent of Hu­oshan High School’s in­take, while the best per­form­ers at each mid­dle school are ac­cepted based on a quota, known as direct en­roll­ment.

The sys­tem is de­signed to give stu­dents from less-de­vel­oped ar­eas equal ac­cess to a good ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, stu­dents must choose one or both re­cruit­ment op­tions on their ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We told our son to ap­ply for both op­tions,” said Zhang De­cai, Chaoyang’s fa­ther.

But he said that when his son was com­plet­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion on a com­puter at the pri­vate Wen­feng Mid­dle School, a teacher named Mao, who was guid­ing the ap­pli­cants, said Chaoyang’s test score was high enough to qual­ify on that track alone. The teacher “deleted the direct en­roll­ment op­tion with­out our per­mis­sion”, the fa­ther said.

With the bench­mark for top scor­ers in this year’s exam ex­pected to be 716, the dele­tion means Zhang Chaoyang could miss out on both op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tend the school.

In an in­ter­view with an An­hui TV sta­tion, Mao ac­knowl­edged his mis­take and said he had thought the stu­dent’s score would be enough to put him among the exam’s best per­form­ers over­all.

Shao Wenxi, di­rec­tor of stu­dent re­cruit­ment at the Hu­oshan county ed­u­ca­tion bureau, told China Daily that his of­fice will do its best to con­vince au­thor­i­ties to change the stu­dent’s ap­pli­ca­tion so he can get into Hu­oshan High School.

The fi­nal en­roll­ment lists will be re­leased in the last week of July.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said Wen­feng Mid­dle School and the teacher will be pun­ished, po­ten­tially with the loss of per­for­mance bonuses and a tem­po­rary block on pro­mo­tions.

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