Jane Macartney: Here society bribes kids with an iPod to get them to study. In Beijing you can’t keep them away

From the Times:

Across China traffic has been diverted, building work halted and tens of thousands of extra police have been deployed ” all to ensure that secondary school children get the peace and quiet they need for this year’s university entrance exams.

This week more than 8.6 million teenagers will take their seats in hot, stuffy and uncomfortable classrooms for their only chance to gain a degree that will put them on a path to government office or business riches.

See also “China combats hi-tech cheating in college entrance exams” from Xinhua.

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