[photopress:MBA_Private_Tutor_1.jpg,full,alignright]China’s colleges have been banned from allowing training lectures to be given on postgraduate entrance examinations, the country’s Education Ministry has announced.
Ministry spokesman Wang Xuming said, ‘Departments and faculty in colleges are not entitled to offer tutorial classes in any form, nor to provide classrooms and facilities for any training organization. To maintain an orderly teaching environment, private training organizations’ posters and advertisements on training courses are banned from campuses.’
The possibility of taking a master’s degree attracts more than one million college students to sit the national postgraduate entrance examination each year.
Training courses on how to take postgraduate examinations and pass are very popular among college students and usually regarded as the last precaution before the exam.
Training classes on exam subjects have mushroomed in the last few years with tens of thousands students spending hundreds of yuan each to take short courses, usually from three days to a week.
In recent years, some colleges made money by encouraging students taking the training programs and teaching staff are usually found using school facilities to offer training classes. This does not sit well with the government.
Wang Xuming said, ‘Colleges are responsible for monitoring their faculties and teaching facilities.’ Which means they should not let private enterprise come in and teach how to pass exams and charging money for the privilege.
The number of people registering to take the postgraduate exam soared from 319,000 in 1999 to 1.28 million last year, an average annual increase of 17.2%. This year will see the first drop in almost a decade, down by 6.3%, with only 1.2 million registered participants.
Source: China Economic Net