tudents at a university in southern China are even more stressed out than usual thanks to a new school policy which sends their grades directly to their parents.
The students at Shenzhen University’s College of Life Sciences and Oceanography had reportedly been asked to provide their home addresses to the school for “security reasons,” only to later find out that their parents had received a detailed grade report in the mail at the end of the fall semester.
On WeChat, the school said that the policy had been put in place in order to strengthen the connection between the college and parents, adding that transcripts would be sent to parents each and every semester.
This news caught many students off guard, receiving unexpected calls from their parents where they were forced to try to explain away their poor results.
The policy has been a controversial one on the Chinese internet with some calling it an invasion of privacy and others arguing that if mom and dad pay for their kid’s tuition, then they have a right to know how he or she is performing.
“I support this policy, though I’ve already graduated from university,” reads one popular comment on Weibo.
In fact, Shenzhen University isn’t the first Chinese college to mail grades to parents. According to CGTN, institutions like Sun Yat-sen University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and Nanchang University have all been doing this for years.