China’s Ministry of Education wants to make university life harder for its undergraduates. Amongst its initiatives, the ministry has mandated that universities penalises its students more harshly for plagiarism and data manipulation. Also banned is the “clearing test”, which offers Chinese university students a third chance at passing a subject they have already failed twice. Fan Xianzuo, an education professor at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, thinks that current Chinese students are “too relaxed” and “have it too easy”. Education Minister Chen Baosheng added that the undergraduate academic bar was too low, even calling for “more burden” to be placed on university students. According to a survey by the official China Youth Daily, 81 percent of the 2,000 polled agreed that academic studies should be harder with 53 percent believing that a degree is less valuable if it was too easy to obtain.
Written by Val Alvern Ligo