Universities tighten up rules for independent enrolment

Many universities halved their quotas for independent enrolment of high school graduates this year, as 89 out of 90 universities have announced stricter plans, reports

Wuhan University of Technology in Hubei province reduced its quota by 77.8% – from 450 last year to 100 in 2019 – and Central South University in Changsha in Hunan province reduced its quota from 420 in 2018 to 120 this year. A total of 90 universities have the right to enrol high school students through their own exams and sets of standards, with 77 enrolling these students from across the country and 13 enrolling students from within their provinces, regions or municipalities.

The national college entrance exam, or gaokao, has been a highly competitive and stressful test deciding the fate of high school students for many a year. In 2003, some universities were allowed to enrol students in specialties independently. As universities enlarged their independent enrolment quotas in recent years, problems appeared, such as faking papers and other issues.
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