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New Scoring System on Entrance Exams Raises Bar For Tibetans Pursuing Native Language Research — Radio Free Asia

A brand new edict decreasing the burden of Tibetan language scores on entrance exams for college students in Tibetan areas of China has made it tougher for them to achieve admission to high tier secondary colleges the place they’ll pursue formal research of their native tongue, in accordance with sources.

In line with a discover issued final week by the Ministry of Training within the Malho, Tsolho and Yulshul Tibetan areas of Qinghai province—a duplicate of which was lately obtained by RFA’s Tibetan Service—Tibetan language scores on the 2021 New Faculty Admission Entrance Examination will now be weighed equally to these for Chinese language and English.

In prior years, Tibetan language scores have been weighed essentially the most closely amongst all different topics in grading the examination and inserting college students in center and excessive colleges, sources instructed RFA.

Tibetan college students typically search placement in national-level secondary colleges that supply research in Tibetan in addition to Chinese language and different languages, however the bar to acceptance in these establishments will now be tougher as a result of within the change of examination scoring, stated a Tibetan from Qinghai, who spoke on situation of anonymity.

“Nationwide center and excessive colleges are thought of extra respected, and the grades obtained in these colleges carry higher significance upon commencement,” the supply stated.

Tibetan language instruction is essentially phased out in Tibetan areas of China starting in secondary faculty, leaving Tibetan college students few choices to pursue formal research of their native tongue.

A scholar in Yushul instructed RFA that the brand new scoring system had dashed his desires of pursuing training at a high tier secondary faculty and persevering with to study Tibetan.

“As a result of enhance within the rating margin this 12 months, I used to be not in a position to achieve admission to the nationwide center and highschool,” they wrote in a textual content message.

“However in case you are admitted into another normal or Chinese language center and highschool, they don’t train Tibetan, and I like my language—due to this fact I’m contemplating returning to junior highschool.”

China’s structure enshrines the languages of its minority teams on paper, however authorities have more and more positioned restrictions on their utilization within the training system, whereas these with restricted proficiency within the nationwide language typically encounter boundaries to employment and different providers provided by the state.

Karma Tenzin, a researcher on the Tibet Coverage Institute in Dharamsala, India, instructed RFA that the brand new scoring system may have a chilling impact on native language proficiency amongst Tibetans residing below Chinese language rule.

“As a result of requirement of a excessive rating margin to achieve admission to those nationwide colleges [which are the only that teach Tibetan], many Tibetan college students who want to enroll in them are usually not in a position to make it,” he stated.

“As a substitute, they need to enroll in colleges the place greater than 90 p.c of the instruction is in Chinese language and that poses a long-term risk to the Tibetan language.”

Reported by Sangyal Kunchok for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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