Gaokao weighting up for art students
Unaware that academic performance in enrollment will be reversed, ministry says
China will gradually increase the weight of the national university entrance examination, or gaokao, in the enrollment of university art students to cultivate more talent with professional excellence and moral integrity.
The measures, recently announced by the Education Ministry, would reverse the trend in student enrollments to pay too much attention to professional skills while neglecting academic performance.
By 2024, each provincial-level region will have introduced unified exams corresponding to specific areas of interest for art applicants, while the number of universities organizing independent registration tests is expected to be drastically reduced, the ministry said in a notice.
Only high-level art majors who have high talent and skill requirements can apply to hold independent enrollment tests, and the weighting of gaokao results for students of these majors will also be increased, said the Ministry.
From 2024 onwards, students majoring in art history will be enrolled based solely on gaokao scores, while gaokao scores are expected to have a weighting of at least 50% for art students in most universities and art majors.
A ministry official said that although gaokao is a compulsory exam for all art students, some universities have low requirements, and some parents and students view art majors as a “shortcut” to enrolling in art. ‘university.
This is not conducive to the long-term development of students or the cultivation of high-quality talent, the official said.
Art programs that are low in demand or of lower quality will reduce enrollment or simply stop enrollment to optimize the setup of art majors, the ministry added.
Qian Jun, Party Secretary of Beijing Film Academy, said that as public figures, the words and deeds of people in the entertainment industry have a great influence on the audience, and especially on the public. teens.
The entertainment industry has been embroiled in controversy recently, with a string of scandals involving artists breaking laws and showing a complete lack of basic morality and academic knowledge, leading to fierce public criticism and negative impact. across the industry, he said.
The new reform measures will strengthen the supervision of art student enrollment to ensure equality and fairness, and contribute to the selection and cultivation of high-quality artistic talent for the country, Qian added.
In addition, the Ministry of Education and the General Sports Administration recently issued a directive to promote fairer and better registration of high-level sports teams in higher education institutions.
The directive sets higher academic standards and eligibility conditions for student-athletes admitted to high-level university sports teams.
From 2024, only those listed as high-level national athletes or above will be able to apply for high-level university sports teams, according to the directive.
Admission for high-level university sports teams will be based on academic performance at the gaokao and unified national professional assessments organized by the General Sports Administration, he added.