According to a report by The Paper on March 3, the School of History and Culture of Southwest University recently released the "Southwest University "Public Service Ability and Civil Servant Cultural Literacy" Micro-major Enrollment Brochure" which has aroused heated discussions from many parties. In this regard, some people are in favor, believing that this is a grounded course arrangement; There are also people who object, believing that such a professional setting is too utilitarian, which will aggravate the "involution" of the public examination and be unfair to more people who take the public examination. Subsequently, the school responded that the school opened a number of micro-professional courses such as big data and digital economy, such micro-majors are only a series of elective courses, not linked to degrees, and civil servants micro-majors are mainly aimed at the literacy improvement of civil servants, "applying for civil servants and micro-majors are not directly related", and only for on-campus recruitment.

In fact, Southwest University has opened many micro-professional courses this time, why is it that only "public service ability and cultural literacy of civil servants" has caused such controversy?

First of all, it should be that many people have misunderstood what "micro-professional" is, equating it with normal professional settings. In fact, different from the various majors set up in universities, micro-majors refer to supplementary elective courses around a specific academic field, research direction or core literacy, which is an expansion and extension of the main major, and it is also a self-selected action for students to "add" themselves according to their interests, the significance of which is that it can help achieve cross-integration with other disciplines and improve comprehensive literacy. Micromajors do not have remarks on official degree inquiry websites such as, and do not award degrees.

Secondly, this may have a lot to do with the "test fever" in recent years. Taking recent data as an example, the National Civil Service Examination, which was held in January this year, was opened in October 1. At that time, a total of 2022,10,259 people passed the qualification examination of employers, an increase of 77,50 over the previous year, an increase of 25% year-on-year. This shows that many students want to join the civil service, and the competition for relevant examinations is fierce. In such a realistic context, it is not so much that schools are promoting the "public examination" and encouraging more students to take the civil service examination, but that schools are facing up to and responding to the actual needs of students.

Moreover, the relevant personnel may not have carefully understood the specific curriculum of this micro-major, so that they questioned its original intention. From the perspective of course content and class time ratio of related micro-majors, the course design reflects the characteristics of inter-major, complementary knowledge and comprehensive literacy. For example, the course integrates world cultural history, Chinese cultural history, and introduction to innovative philosophy. It is not difficult to see that it focuses more on improving students' comprehensive literacy and ability, rather than simply helping students improve their test scores. There is no doubt that the civil service is an important force to participate in social governance and ensure the normal operation of society, which is related to social development and the people's sense of gain, happiness and security. It is understandable and normal for schools to provide relevant training and education to students on the premise that they choose voluntarily.

For some newly established micro-majors, people are puzzled and have some controversy, which is understandable, but there is no need to beat them to death. The atmosphere in which all sectors of society pay attention to education, question the existing problems and have different voices, is more worthy of cherishing. However, for some innovations and explorations in schools, people may wish to be more patient and normal, and leave their right and wrong, and how effective they are, to time to test, and also let schools have more space to improve teaching content, curriculum settings, and have more courage to carry out some reform and innovation. (Daily Worker)