The hashtag for a proposal to establish a compulsory relationship and marriage education course in universities has topped the trending list on Chinese social media on Monday, with netizens putting posts covering both the pros and cons of such a move.
The proposal was made by Yu Xinwei, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. She proposed compiling a textbook of actual cases involving dating, marriage, family relationships and parent-child relationships that would be used in a compulsory course.
"Chinese college students lack emotion education. They are prone to excessive mental ups and downs and may even carry out extreme behavior when suffering setbacks in a relationship," said Yu.
The number of cases of college students committing suicide due to relationship problems has been increasing in recent years. A survey on the mental health of college students shows that relationship is an important factor that affects their mental health.
Liu Xuan, a college student based in Beijing, told the Global Times that she did not know how to deal with sexual relations, which made her resistant to get intimate in a relationship.
As a group of people just entering the society, students' values on love and marriage represent the future of social marriage and family. Strengthening marriage and love education among college students is conducive to the stability and harmony of their future partnerships and family relations, Yu explained.
Wu Lei, a psychology teacher at Tianjin Normal University, agreed with Yu's view, saying that launching the course in universities could help students establish healthy values when it comes to relationships and marriage.
Some college students told the Global Times that they are in favor of the proposal as this course could help them improve their emotional quotient, which would benefit them in pursuing a career after graduation. However, some netizens were against the proposal by saying that "Love cannot be taught."
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