Why PKU's school recommendation approach not a good idea

By Zheng Fengtian
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Peking University, one of the top institutions of higher education in China, released a list of 39 high school principals on last Monday. This list consists of principals across the nation who can recommend their students to be enrolled without taking the national college entrance examination. However, most of the principals are from well-known high schools in big cities. Therefore, according to this name list, we can come to the conclusion that only excellent students from those 39 high schools have the opportunity to be recommended.

From my point of view, I think that Peking University neglects the most basic national condition in China. Currently, the distribution of education resources between urban and rural areas in China is quite unequal, and it seems that the gap is likely to become bigger. Furthermore, as a national public university, Peking University needs to bear the responsibility of social justice.

Take a child who is born into a farming family in rural China, for example. This child starts out behind a child who is born into a middle-class family in Beijing. Children in urban areas tend to have more and better educational resources than those in rural areas. Therefore, many students in rural areas cannot attend the elite 39 high schools on Peking University's list. I'm guessing that the chance is less than one percent. If Peking University wants to cultivate talented minds for China, it should provide opportunities for students from rural areas.

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