employment contractGoing into the final third of July, the job hunts of graduating students are coming to an end. According to the Mycos Research Institute’s newest publication, Class of 2013 University Graduation Employment Contract Analysis Report, the so-called “job seeking hardship” comes mainly from structural conflicts, with a mismatch between available posts and the students’ ideal positions. Now, departments handling graduating student employment are “artificially inflating” employment rate statistics, causing much concern.

This report uses statistics from internet surveys from October of 2012 to the end of June of 2013. The number of valid responses received totaled 59,409.


Hard to find a job suitable for the major

Among the students graduating in the 2013 who were surveyed, the most often cited reason for not having signed an employment contract was “difficulty in finding a job that matches my major” (42%). This is related to requirements of various positions, and also reflects a discrepancy between the training received by students and the needs of society.

Among graduating students surveyed, MA students had an 85% match rate between major and job, while undergraduates matched 73% of the time, and technical school students matched 67% of the time. The higher the level of education, the higher the match rate between major and job. This is particularly connected to the training received by the different types of graduates, with a higher level of education meaning the area of work is more specialized.


Artificially inflated employment rates

Links accompanying the report pointed out an issue worth our attention, that of “fake employment” inflating graduate employment rates. A few universities require students to sign employment contracts or else prohibit them from defending their graduation thesis and receiving their diplomas. In order to deal with the schools, some students produced fake stamped “employment agreement” documents on their own, going on Taobao and spending hundreds to buy such documents, then paying grocery store bosses a few kuai to stamp the document. And in the end, these employment contracts are calculated as part of this year’s graduate employment rate by the employment-related offices at the school.

Xiong Bingqi, the Vice-Chancellor of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, explained that graduate employment rates have already become a “governance track record project” in various locations. As for higher education, employment rates can mean not only life or death for a major, but also a shift in the school’s image and new student recruitment. Since it has become entangled with these interests, it’s not surprising to see fraud in the graduate employment rate. Xiong suggests that the method of calculation for employment rates needs to change, entrusting their calculation to a publicly accountable third party organizations, and avoiding schools looking for a quick boost by falsifying data.

Original publication date: 7/21/2013


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wooh school busOn May 24th, microblog user 路边社湖南分社 posted, “A little after 8 AM, a car with Guangdong province “S” series plates parked in front of the gate of the Yongzhou [Hunan] Qiyang County Little Swallow Kindergarten. A parent asked the driver to move the car so that school busses could get through, but the driver ignored the parent for a long time. Then, the driver opened the door and slapped the parent in the face. The driver then yelled, “I’m a Representative in the Municipal People’s Congress. I’ll hit you if I want to hit you!”

The police officer who handled the situation told reporters, “The slapper is indeed a Representative of the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress.”


An SUV driver blocks a school bus then slaps a parent

On the afternoon of the 24th, reporters contacted the Mr. Zhou, the man who, according to the original Weibo post, was slapped. Mr. Zhou said that around 8 AM, he was taking his six year old child to kindergarten, when he saw an SUV with a Guangdong province “S” series license plates parked directly blocking the path for school busses. The kindergarten guard asked the SUV owner to move the car, but the owner didn’t move.

Mr. Zhou said he also tried to help persuade the SUV owner, but that he still refused to move. It was at that time that Mr. Zhou saw a sign on the SUV reading “Special Vehicle for the Fourth Municipal People’s Congress #3 Meeting”. Mr. Zhou told the driver that if he didn’t move the car, he’d take a picture and expose him on the internet. At that moment, a middle aged man got out of the driver’s seat and gave him a slap, frightening the child at his side to tears. Then, a middle aged woman in the front passenger’s seat said, “He hit you. What are you going to do about it?”


The police say the slapper is in fact a Municipal People’s Congress Representative

Mr. Zhou immediately called the police, who came out from the Taozhu Road Station and took away the slapper. After the incident ended, he learned that the man is a Qiyang resident, a business owner named Mr. Wang, who is currently a Representative for the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress.

Later, the Taozhu Road Police Station contacted Mr. Zhou to prepare for negotiations between the two sides, but Mr. Zhou did not agree to participate.

Reporters later got in touch with an individual handling this case at the Taozhu Road Police Station, who confirmed that the slapper is Mr. Wang, the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress Representative, but that further details were currently unavailable.

The Director of the Yongzhou Municipal Committee News & Information Division told reporters that the People’s Congress is taking the matter with full seriousness after seeing the Tengxun microblog post, and has already sent individuals to Qiyang to investigate. “We have still not determined whether or not the Representative said what was reported in the microblog post. However, the News & Information Division is promptly contacting the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress, and after investigating, will make an announcement to the public,” said the Director.


Original publication date: 5/25/13


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