The number of students who took part in this year's college entrance exam saw a slight slump, with about 10.2 million sitting for the exam, down 3.8 percent over last year. The decrease, according to Jiang Gang, deputy director of the College & University Students Department of the Ministry of Education, is a consequence of less high school graduates.
However, some believe the increasing difficulty for college graduates to find jobs is the real reason behind the dropping number. Many parents today believe a college education is useless since the huge education investment fails to secure a job for their children.
"Since many college students even can't find jobs, students from rural areas should learn some practical skills or go to work," a parent of a rural student said.
Xiong Bingqi, a professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, said apart from less high school graduates and the harsh job market, the attraction of studying abroad is also contributing to smaller examinee number. By Wang Hui (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2009-06-11 15:21