A new admission test system may be expected by upcoming college students as a government education panel submitted a proposal to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to change the way current university admission tests are conducted. Parents, on the other hand, expressed mixed opinions on what to expect with the proposed new testing system.
The Education Rebuilding Implementation Council, led by Waseda University President Kaoru Kamata, submitted a proposal to adapt a new standardized university admission test. The new system puts more emphasis on essays and interviews, rather than numbers and objective-type of questions. It can also be taken bi-annually compared to the current system that can only be taken once, which is scheduled every January.
When presented to the prime minister, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief urged the panel to further study their proposal with emphasis on the detailed methods of executing the new admission test. He also reminded them to provide a detailed explanation to the public on how the new system works. However, officials from the Ministry of Education believe that the new admission system would take more than five years before it can be fully approved and implemented.
Support from high schools and universities are also needed to adapt the new admission test. As for the parents, some agree while others don’t with the new system. A 45-year old father believes that the new proposed admission test for college can spare a student from missing the national exam because it is now available twice a year. But one parent still prefers the current admission exam and said, “Scoring successfully in a one-shot exam is a part of student’s ability.”
[via The Mainichi]