The main purpose of allowing cadres to choose courses themselves is aimed at making cadre training more targeted and effective. Nearly 81 percent of respondents believe that the focus of cadre-training reform is to improve pertinence and effectiveness, according to a survey conducted by China’s Central Organization Department (COD) in 2008.
Cadre training has changed from "cadres learning only what teachers taught" to "cadres learning what they need or lack," namely that a demand-oriented training pattern has been developed. Self-selected training courses will improve cadres' leading and governing skills in line with their job requirements.
According to the COD's survey in 2008, self-selection of training courses is the most popular cadre-training method. When Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region carried out training which allowed self-selection of training courses, more than 8,000 government officials applied, more than 10 times higher than expected.
"Self-selection does not mean selecting courses without restrictions," said an official in charge of cadre training. This time, the trial training for central department-level cadres provides a balanced list of courses where both work duties and personal preferences are taken into account.
The COD and other relevant authorities have performed a preliminary selection of the courses provided by seven colleges and universities, and arranged 43 classes and 42 lectures according to enrollments for different courses. Moreover, they have established strict systems for performance appraisal, attendance checking, training evaluation and documentation.
By People's Daily Online