The Ministry of Education states that China plans to incorporate volunteer service into the evaluation of student performances to promote the spirit of selflessness.
High school student volunteer work records will play an important part in university entrance selection, which is usually dominated by exam scores. Note, however, a similar informal system has been employed by many American universities and colleges for many years.
Excellent volunteer records would also promote the chances of winning scholarships for students in schools and universities.
The Ministry urged schools to compile teaching materials for volunteer work training, set up special funds for volunteer services and encourage students to take part in social activities during holidays.
In April, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education issued a similar circular calling for schools to keep student volunteer experience on record for school enrolment and employment.
China Daily reports that as of last year, China had 29.5 million registered volunteers, according to the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League.
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