The front page of City Lady (都市女报), a newspaper focused on women’s issues published in Jinan (济南), Shandong (山东) province, today features two stories on two controversial issues related to education. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Gaokao’
The front page of the Southern Metro today is dedicated to the two “champions” of this year’s gaokao for Hainan province. The gaokao is China’s highly stressful national university entrance exam. It is given on a single day, once a year, and any student who misses it for any reason will have to wait another year to retake it. Often, gaokao results are the single deciding factor for whether or not a student will go to university, and if so, which one. It also determines what major they will be eligible for. Read more
The front page of today’s Chutian Metropolis Daily features a big red headline: “For how many students will the gates to their dreams open today?” The story announces that the results of the gaokao, China’s highly competitive national university entrance examination, will be announced around noon today. Students will be able to check their results online or collect a results slip from their schools. Read more
The front page of todays’ Shenzhen Evening News features a smiling girl giving a thumbs-up. She is a high school student about to start her second, and final day of test taking for the gaokao, China’s national university entrance exam. The headline reads: “The Guangdong gaokao essay question is fun and easy.” Read more
The China Youth Daily is a commercial daily run by the Communist Youth League. Today’s cover story: “Taking the train to the gaokao.” The gaokao is China’s university entrance exam. It is offered once a year, on a single day, to students across the country, and is the single factor deciding if and where they go to university. It is the most stressful time of life for Chinese teenagers and their parents. Read more
The Jinan Times is a daily newspaper based in Shandong province. Today’s front page features a picture of a distressed student along with a phony university admissions letter. The headline reads: “68 ‘university students’ realize on the eve of their graduation that they have been duped.” The story is about a recently uncovered higher education scam, where a man called Zhao Lianshan distributed fake university admission offers to students who had not scored high enough on the entrance exam to get in. Read more
The Chongqing Evening News is a commercial city newspaper affiliated to the Chongqing Daily Group. Today, the front page features the headline: “Middle school students hang out in fast food restaurants, copying each other’s homework.” The article explains how Chonqing students have taken to meeting up in fast food restaurants to do their homework, away from the watchful eyes of parents or teachers. According to Miss Liu, who reported the trend to the newspaper hotline, the fast food restaurants surrounding a certain middle school, including a McDonald’s, KFC and Dicos, are packed with students every weekend. They take up 2-3 seats while slowly sipping on a coke and copying their homework. This, she says, is not conducive to learning, and is also bad for business.
The front page top headline of the Beijing Morning Post, April 3: “In Beijing, 73,400 people registered for the gaokao (the national college entrance exam).” This represents a decline in registrants, down from 76,000 last year. The article predicted, however, that university admissions would remain stable: that is around 80% of gaokao candidates would get a place at a university.
According to regulations of the Beijing Education Commission, only those who have an official Beijing hukou (residence permit) may sit the exam in Beijing. People from outside Beijing who recently received official Beijing-residency status must have received their status before December 5, 2011 to qualify. Read more