Jiangsu plans to cancel English test in Gaokao [Photo: CFP]
Topic 1: Top Chinese mainland student quits Hong Kong University
Liu Dingning, a top mainland student from Liaoning Province, was admitted into the University of Hong Kong this fall with a full scholarship. However, she recently quit her studies and returned to her hometown, gearing up to take the national college entrance exam, or Gaokao, again to obtain a spot at Peking University ĘC one of the Chinese mainland's top universities.
It's reported that Liu had always wanted to study Chinese literature at Peking University, but her parents and teachers encouraged her to "go out and see the world while you are young" and suggested that she study outside the Chinese mainland. Following their advice, Liu chose Hong Kong University.
Liu said she made the decision to quit because she preferred a program that focused on "purer Chinese studies".
Liu's decision to quit Hong Kong University surprised her peers in the mainland. Hong Kong University is many students' dream school, but it's not hers. Liu's decision also triggered heated discussions online.
Topic 2: Jiangsu plans to cancel English test in Gaokao
It was reported recently that the authorities in east China's Jiangsu Province are considering reforming college entrance examinations, also known as the Gaokao.
It is possible that English tests will be excluded from the rating system for the overall score on the exam for the Province's college prospects. In its place will be two English tests per year, upon which a grading system will be introduced. Universities can then make their own requirements regarding English proficiency for applicants.
Although the plan is still in its drafting stage, it has gained both applause and worries.