Who says them ‘cram schools’ don’t work. Just need to ‘re-adjust’ the standards…frickin chabuduo education here on the island.
[quote]Lowest test score enrolled at a meager 7.69 of 600 points
The China Post news staff
Saturday, August 9, 2008
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The college entrance exam has set two records this year – the highest ever admission rate at 97.1 percent and the lowest test score for enrollment at a meager 7.69 points out of a possible total of 600.
A total of 81,409 out of the 90,894 examinees who took the entrance exam were admitted, according the Joint Board of College Recruitment Commission (JBCRC), which released the admission results yesterday.
Despite the record admission, previous speculations that the rate would hit 100 percent – which would allow students scoring nothing in the exam to become college freshmen – did not materialize.
But the lowest admission score was very close to zero.
Leader University, a new facility located in the southern city of Tainan, has accepted a student who only scored a total of 7.69 points, or about an average of one point for each of the six subjects he or she had taken, according to the JBCRC.
Last year the admission rate was 96.28 percent, and the lowest admission score was 18 points for a student accepted by Toko University.
Toko shed the reputation as the school recruiting the lowest-scoring student this year, but it was only able to enroll 200 students for with a total of 1,141 vacancies.
One of Toko’s departments specializing in environmental health studies was unable to recruit a single student for the freshman year.
With more openings than examinees, a total of 4,788 vacancies in various departments across the nation were left unfilled this year, eight times the figure recorded last year, according to the JBCRC.
Leader Chief General Yang Chen-ming said the student with only 7.96 points was only an isolated case, and he could understand the tremendous pressure that the student and his or her family would be coming under.
Yang said the school has no plans to start setting minimum admission scores (many other universities do have thresholds) next year, and departments will still maintain their normal curriculum even when they have only one student.
Competition for students has been keen since the government started relaxing the establishment of universities several years ago.
But competition to get into top universities and departments has also been fierce.
Students need a minimum score of 513.03 points to be admitted to the Medical School of National Taiwan University.
The JBCRC said that board members will meet in October to discuss whether it is necessary to impose threshold scores for applicants, as recruiting students with such low scores as 7.69 makes little sense.
These students may not be able to cope with their college studies, observers said.
Meanwhile, a student aged 62 was admitted as the oldest freshman this year. He will study at the Hsing Kuo University of Management located in the southern city of Tainan.
A student aged 16 was admitted into the Department of Business Administration under National Taiwan University in Taipei City, making him the youngest freshman this year.
The China Post[/quote]
No binlang chewer left behind.