In This Chinese City, Eyesight Is Part of Students’ Test Scores

In This Chinese City, Eyesight Is Part of Students’ Test Scores

It counts for 10% of the score on high school entrance exams.

Parents of students in a city in North China are angry that their children’s eyesight will account for almost 10 percent of their score on senior high school entrance exams beginning in 2022, Global Times reports.

They say the policy is unfair to students with poor eyesight, which many believe can be caused by studying too much and in improper lighting.

The policy discriminates against students who have poor eyesight and lower-income families who can’t afford possible corrective surgery, many parents wrote on Sina Weibo.

The policy is part of an education reform plan published by the government of Changzhi, in North China’s Shanxi Province.

In the senior high school entrance exams, physical qualities will increase from 50 to 70 points, including 20 points for physical quality for which eyesight and body weight will be the main index, according to local authorities.  The exam has a total possible score of 730.

Chinese students experience heavy academic pressure and often have to study almost all day, which can cause myopia.

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