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Post time 2018-11-7 09:13:37 |Display all floors
(CGTN) A debate over privacy has begun over a university in south China’s Shenzhen City, after the university directly sent students’ detailed grade reports straight to their parents.

[Photo: CGTN]

As reported by the Shenzhen Evening News on October 31, the controversy came to light when unidentified students from Shenzhen University complained on WeChat, one of China's most commonly used social network platforms, that their parents received their grades by mail after they had been asked to provide their home addresses for “security reasons.”

According to the newspaper, the letters were just delivered to the parents of the students at the university's College of Life Sciences and Oceanography. What included in these EMS express packages were the letter from the college, the transcript, the conversion method of grades and the contact information of teachers.

An official WeChat account of Shenzhen University published an article with a screenshot photo of notification massage saying: “According to the uniform requirements of the college, in order to strengthen the contact between school and parents, the college will send a letter and the transcript to parents of the class of 2016 and 2017 today.”

“We did receive the transcript express of my younger sister from the college,” a netizen, Ms Tian, told the Beijing Youth Daily, “we were quite astonished because my family never received my transcripts when I went to school.”

The college's decision to send transcripts straight to parents has sparked heated debate online.

Some netizens believe that parents, as the "investors" for the tuition fee, have the right to know about students' performance. However, some argue that grades are private so that schools have no right to do so.

Mr Wu, from class of 2017, is one of the students who agree with this decision.

“Sending grades to parents can make students feel stressed and encourages them to study hard. And it will also help parents to have the better understanding of their children's academic performance,” said Wu.

As families, Ms Tian and her parents also believe that students might become more and more indulgent in college without parental supervision.

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Post time 2018-11-7 09:14:07 |Display all floors

A screendhot of the express package with "transcript" written on the cover. [Photo:]

According to a teacher at the College of Life Sciences and Oceanography, sending transcripts is a decision made for the entire university. The university had sent transcripts before when students' grades were under a red alert. However, from now on, to establish communication between school and parents, the transcripts will be sent to parents every semester.

Guo Yuanjie, an associate researcher at China's National Institute of Education Sciences, believes it is necessary and reasonable for colleges and universities to send transcripts to parents at present.

“Many students wouldn't tell their grades to parents just because they thought they have grown up. It led to some serious problems in some students' study, and parents do not know how their children are performing in school until they are finally told to drop out.”

As for some netizens who believe that grades are private, Guo responded that these are not privacy issue. Peers and teachers will know the grades as soon as them come out.

“The so-called privacy is just hiding the parents,” said Guo.

In fact, Shenzhen University is not the only college in China which sends grades straight to parents. The Sun Yat-Sen University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Sichuan Conservatory Of Music, Nanchang University, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics and many other universities also send all or part of the students' transcripts to parents. The East China Jiaotong University had been sending grade letters to parents for the past two decades.

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Post time 2018-11-7 10:11:46 |Display all floors
I don't think colleges are entitled to send grades to parents. Colleges students are over the age of 18 and they should be regarded as adults, which means that they are fully responsible for their own lives, including their education. So it is up to students to decide whether they share their academic progress with their parents, not the college.  

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Post time 2018-11-7 11:37:32 |Display all floors
For adults over 18 (or whatever is legal age for adulthood in a country), grades are between the school and it's staff and the students.

If parents provide financing for tuition or whatever, that is between the parent and their child.

The two should not be mixed. Parents and their children should learn to communicate, if parents want to know something about their studies.

Having the school act this way removes that need for communication, and creates worse adults - completely opposite of what education should do.

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Post time 2018-11-7 14:03:46 |Display all floors
This post was edited by pnp at 2018-11-9 11:50

Clash of cultures; in the West such a practice would definitely violate the students' privacy, with colleges hit with stiff penalties!  But colleges in the West are fully aware of the privacy laws, hence they would never even think of doing it!  Chinese culture is just the opposite, privacy is not held in high regard; people often ask friends their private matters, such as how old they are, even how much they earn, etc!  And surprisingly, their friends actually replied, as if they can't be bothered with prviacy!

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Post time 2018-11-9 09:00:24 |Display all floors
who pays should know ! if it was a good investment or a bad one
Round Up is good for developing the mind

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Post time 2018-11-9 13:55:58 |Display all floors
Motika Post time: 2018-11-9 09:00
who pays should know ! if it was a good investment or a bad one

Yes, only in the case of kindergarten and primary school students, not university students, who are adults and can manage their own affairs!   You won't talk like that if this were in the West, where privacy takes precedence over who pays!  Btw, doctors in the West can't even reveal the illness of their high school patients to their parents, without their consent, such as they having a pregnancy or have had an abortion!

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