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