A brand new edict lowering the load of Tibetan language scores on entrance exams for college kids in Tibetan areas of China has made it tougher for them to achieve admission to prime tier secondary faculties the place they will pursue formal examine of their native tongue, in response to sources.
In response to a discover issued final week by the Ministry of Schooling 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 had been weighed probably the most closely amongst all different topics in grading the examination and putting college students in center and excessive faculties, sources instructed RFA.
Tibetan college students usually search placement in national-level secondary faculties that provide 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 faculties are thought of extra respected, and the grades obtained in these faculties carry higher significance upon commencement,” the supply stated.
Tibetan language instruction is essentially phased out in Tibetan areas of China starting in secondary college, 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 schooling at a prime tier secondary college and persevering with to be taught Tibetan.
“As a result of improve within the rating margin this yr, I used to be not capable of achieve admission to the nationwide center and highschool,” they wrote in a textual content message.
“However if you’re 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 schooling system, whereas these with restricted proficiency within the nationwide language usually encounter boundaries to employment and different companies supplied by the state.
Karma Tenzin, a researcher on the Tibet Coverage Institute in Dharamsala, India, instructed RFA that the brand new scoring system can 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 faculties [which are the only that teach Tibetan], many Tibetan college students who want to enroll in them should not capable of make it,” he stated.
“As an alternative, they should enroll in faculties the place greater than 90 % 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.