TAIPEI, Taiwan - National Taiwan Normal University will become the first national higher education institute in Taiwan to stop grading conduct for its students starting next school year.
The school, one of Taiwan's top teacher-training universities, said that the difficulty for professors to understand students personally enough to grade their conduct as one of the reasons behind its decision, which it said was made after six months of deliberations.
As adults, undergraduate students should be responsible for their own behaviour, the school added.
Students will still be hold to account for their misconduct - such as cheating in examinations or the use of illegal drugs - despite the cancellation of conduct grading. In addition, the demerit point system is still in effect, said Hu Yih-jin, the associate dean of student affairs of the NTNU.
Conduct scoring has been generally seen as a formality in Taiwan. It is graded by undergrad advisors or military instructors.
The majority of university students generally receive high conduct grades of around 85 (out of 100) unless they were penalized for misbehaviors, mostly cheating at exams.
Several universities expressed support of the NTNU's decision. Juang Rong-huay, dean of academic affairs at the National Taiwan University (NTU), said NTU does not rule out following NTNU's lead. Juang pointed out, however, that cancellation might have practical difficulties since conduct grades are still criteria for consideration in a majority of scholarships.