A notice from China’s Ministry of Education said it is removing policies which improve the exam scores of students with special abilities and talents.
The ministry said this will lead to quality-oriented exams and education fairness.
Students who used to get additional scores on the exams had superior athletic abilities, won in major competitions in different subjects as well as in science and technology contests.
The notice said there are six tasks for the 2018 college admission. First, efforts should be made to ensure the safety and stability of the national college entrance exam. Supervision should be strengthened over the paper handover process to ensure the nondisclosure of exam papers.
The second task focuses on implementing college enrollment reforms, especially the carrying out reforms on comprehensive quality assessment and on reducing admission batches.
Third, more efforts are to be made on the education access equality issues between urban and rural areas. For example, China will continue supporting key universities which recruit students from rural and poverty-stricken areas.
Fourth, China will conduct stricter management of enrollment work, regulating enrollment for special groups and enhancing penalties against students who violate regulations.
Fifth, more attention should be given to information security of college enrollment, ensuring the confidentiality of related students information.
And sixth, enrollment publicity work should be further carried out.