Tibetan students urged to prove their ‘ideological morality’ for admissions

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, April 30: Regular 2022 Tibet Autonomous Region University Admission Regulations issued by China’s Ministry of Education last week said they required prospective applicants to declare their “political attitude and ideological morality” for be admitted to universities in Tibet.

Under Section 12, of the “Assessment of Ideological and Political Morality”, in order for extraordinary students to be admitted, he or she must pass one of the “core” admission standards. “The school or unit where the candidate is located should make a full assessment of the political attitude and ideological morality of the candidate, and be responsible for his authenticity,” he said, adding that the Candidates not studying in schools or work units are identified by the township and sub-district offices to which they belong.

the bitter winter The article that first noted such a change observed that the language of the decree was loaded with prejudice because it ordered that candidates who had previously suffered “acts that endanger the unity of the fatherland or the unity national” are immediately disqualified. The regulations also mentioned that the contestants should not have been involved in “xie jiaowhich means “illegal” religious movements, while on the other hand, he preferred students who mastered Marxist theory.

The vague justification for something as commonplace as college admissions seems to be tied to sensitive Chinese government policy. The totalitarian regime has long made the systems inaccessible to minorities whose native language is not Chinese, but the rejection of potential candidates based on their affiliations is further evidence of a rigged system. Many Tibetans have been arrested or detained for raising legitimate concerns against policies that endanger the preservation of Tibetan language and culture, and have often been branded as “separatists” or “clique” troublemakers. of the Dalai”.