[photopress:mba_students_for_hire.jpg,full,alignright]A recent nationwide survey has showed four in 10 Chinese complain about the yawning gap between large investments in education and its returns. (Those figures may not be as bad as you think. You would probably get worse results in, say, the UK and the USA.)
The Horizon Research Consultancy Group polled 3,355 residents aged 16 to 60 in both urban and rural areas, including seven metropolises such as Beijing and Shanghai.
The survey found that only 16% of respondents believed their investments on education gave good returns.
Those with higher education voiced greater disappointment at the quality of education received. Which plainly would be the case. However, some of the replies suggest that university education could be, with advantage, refocused to imbue some practical skills.
The survey found people in the rural areas generally gave more positive feedback on the quality of education than those from the cities.
Huo Qingwen, the deputy director of language education testing service center under the Beijing Foreign Studies University, told China Daily, ‘Our education has been focusing on an examination-oriented system. The survey result doesn’t surprise me, as I had heard complaints not only from the students, but also from the teachers who have been asked to focus more about the exam-passing rate.’
The illustration shows university students holding signs in hopes of finding jobs as part time tutors for pre-school or elementary school students during the summer break at the entrance of a bookstore in Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. Anyone who has the guts to do that is going to succeed in business.
Source: China Daily
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