Starting from 2014, high school students in Shandong will be awarded an extra 20 points in the National College Entrance Examination, or Gaokao, if they are deemed to have performed "courageous acts", i.e. helping fight crimes or diving into the river to save drowning people.
As Gaokao is becoming ever more competitive, 20 points will give a huge boost to any student who hopes to be enrolled into a decent college.
While some applaud the move, others have their reservations.
What do you make of the move?
Pro view (2)
The move will encourage more young people to help others and take more responsibility, which is good for the society.
Con view (2)
The move will encourage more young people to take unnecessary risks - they may get hurt or even killed - to earn the extra points.
I'm all for the policy, at least for its intentions. In a society in which people are becoming ever more materialistic and being a good Samaritan is actually frowned upon, this policy makes sense.
For one thing, 20 points can make a huge difference in the national exam - between hell and heaven in some cases. The students may well be encouraged to perform "courageous deeds", if they see it's worth it.
It's true that there might be risks, but between the incentives and the risks, why not leave them to decide?