PERSONAL NOTE: I was introduced to a “poor” student who came all the way from the north to see me at my apartment outside Xiamen city, China during my 7 years as a visiting professor in China. He and his twin brother were abandoned by his mother, who ran away with the family money. His grandparents were not doing very well physically. John (not his real name) told me he was lucky that a high school teacher supported him and he had recently taken the Gaokao examination to enter university education. I was persuaded to help him financially if his Gaokao results were good. He was admitted to study at Jilin University, a very good school in the north. Our relationship started well and during his first year, he would send me his “grades” to let me know how well he performed in the university. The first semester the second year, something happened…I had bought him a computer to use. His roommate (now studying law in USA) and I became friends and informed me that John was spending time drinking and partying…I asked John for his Grades and he turned ugly and said to me, “You are not my father, I do not have to send you my grades”. Putting two and two together I suspected and concluded his grades were falling and failing and so he refused to share with me his grades for the second year. I told him as someone who is helping him financially, I have the right to know how well he is doing in the campus. Again he refused to share with me his academic grades, and I had no choice but to terminate my financial aid to him. That was the end of our relationship…I believe as parents, we have the right to know how our kids are doing in schools today. University education is very expensive in USA or in most western countries. Most students in China are allowed to borrow money from the government banks (almost all banks are owned by the government) with low interest rates. Most parents are willing to spend a lot of money to send their kids to school. With my American dollars, I was able to send a few students to study in the Chinese universities in China. A thousand American dollars is good for one year tuition in most universities in China. Here in my country USA, a student has to spend at least 10 to 20 thousands US Dollars to attend a college…so many of our students prefer to enroll at Community Colleges all over the United States, at least for the first 2 years, then transfer to the state universities. So I believe Chinese parents have the right to know how well their money is spent sending their only child to study at any college or university in China. I believe if a school would do this, many of our Chinese students would study hard and prove their parents they are serious about obtaining a good college education. I do not need to say this to you…many of the rich Chinese kids now studying in USA are here for an extended 4 year vacation, enjoying their lives…majority are not here to pursue a serious education because their families have enough money for them to spend and spend till they drop dead! Majority of them are not here to study, but to enjoy life and do not mingle with Americans to improve their spoken English…sad but true! steve, usa, blog: https://getting2knowyou-china.com wechat 1962816801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student’s worst nightmare: Chinese university sends grades straight to parents
• Shenzhen students complain that they were asked to provide addresses for ‘security reasons’
• Some worry they will have some explaining to do after they found out results were delivered to their parents
03 November, 2018 Laurie Chen SCMP
Every university student’s worst nightmare has become reality in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, where a college has sent detailed grade reports straight to parents.
The unusual move came to light when unidentified students from Shenzhen University complained on social network WeChat that they had been asked to provide their parents’ addresses for “security reasons”, Shenzhen Evening Newsreported on Wednesday.
The students were perturbed when they later found out that their results had been sent by special delivery to their parents instead of them.
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“Shenzhen University has magically sent my grades to my parents,” according to a screenshot of one student’s WeChat post included in the report. “I’m not sure how my mum will react once she sees that I’ve taken modules in sexology.”
Another student from the university wrote: “Seeing my roommates trying their best to explain their grades to their mums, and telling them how many credits they must study for, is making me a bit nervous. I’m wondering if I will get a call from my dad tonight.”
The report also included photos of a letter with the grades of a student from the university’s College of Life Sciences and Oceanography that was posted on WeChat.
But according to the newspaper, the letters were not delivered to the parents of all students at the university.
On Tuesday, Shenzhen University hinted that it may send grade reports to students’ parents in a post on its official Weibo page. “If we were to send grades to parents’ homes in the future, how would you view this?” the university asked in the post, which has since been deleted.
Social media commenters responded that other colleges in China, such as Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Nanchang University and Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, had been sending results straight to parents in recent years.
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Yang Dongming, a former academic director at East China Jiaotong University, told the NetEase news site that the college had been sending grade letters to parents for the past two decades.
“If students’ grades are not too ideal, they will definitely be under some pressure after their parents receive their results. But university students are adults, and we hope that this pressure can be turned into motivation for their studies,” Yang was quoted as saying.
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Many people on WeChat expressed support for the decision, but others said they believed it violated students’ privacy.
“As a parent, I support this 100 per cent. Shenzhen University is great for doing this. I spend so much money every year on my child’s education, and don’t even know their teachers’ phone numbers,” wrote one commenter.
Another highly rated comment read: “Everyone is an adult. Should grades remain private if you haven’t given the school permission to release the information to other people?”