Recently, a point-adding scandal occurred at a high school in Jixi County, Heilongjiang. In this case, points were added to the Gaokao scores of 12 students based their superior moral thought. The county board of education called these this the “Lei Feng class”, saying that the “overall quality of the individuals in this class was rather high.” This has caused much debate; how does the public see the incident? The Beijing Daily conducted an investigation.
Adding points to Gaokao scores is currently a particularly sensitive subject. “Addition of points for personal strengths” has been heavily scrutinized by the public, and this time, it’s “addition of points for superior moral thought.” Many think it’s not the rewarding of charitable acts, but adding points for the purpose of encouragement. In the end, it seems that addition of points for superior moral thought has been misapplied, which is likely to harm the fairness of the Gaokao and turn it into something worthless.
Such concerns are obviously not superfluous. We know that “superior moral thought” is hard to rate and quantify, there’s no “1+1=2″ calculation. That is, moral thought comes from inside an individual’s consciousness. If we give priority acceptance to such students, don’t we end up cultivating faked morality? Even worse of a possibility is if there is great flexibility in how we rate morality, corruption will grow. So, the results of the Beijing Daily investigation show that 60% feel we should get rid of such points, and that they’re really nothing to be proud of. Weighing the pros and cons, considering what’s right and wrong, there’s really nothing left to say. But questions will always come up, we just have to see how they’re managed by the government.
Date of Publication: August 2, 2014