By Michael Evans
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China’s Ministry of Education is considering whether to include physical fitness in the country’s national college entrance exam, or gaokao.
The ministry announced last month that the move was currently under consideration, but did not give any indication of when a decision would be made.
Critics of the gaokao say that the test causes students to neglect their health while focusing solely on cramming for the all-important test.
Opponents, however, contend that such a measure will only put more pressure on students and potentially introduce unfairness to the test.
“We already have a very heavy workload and often have to do our homework well into the night. Where can we find the time to exercise?” a senior student from the No.1 Middle School of Foshan in Guangdong Province wrote on Sina Weibo.
In February, Shandong province announced that students taking the gaokao would be required to undergo a fitness test. The result of the test would be given to the student’s university, but would not be factored into the overall exam grade.