China: When studying hard doesn’t get you into college, there’s always corruption – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online:

In the midst of this cut-throat ‘national test‘ competition, where just a single point can change a student’s life destiny, under what circumstances should heaven drop down a piece of the pie, twenty free points? On what basis are Gao Kao points added? Where is the rationality? Where is the fairness? If your kid was ‘testing naked (in Chinese),’ like many families you too would have these sorts of doubts of the ‘point-add’ system. As someone who once stood the Gao Kao, there’s something I just don’t get: is the calculation of these twenty extra points decided by the relevant departments? Or worked out scientifically?

We might as well consider the little folk for a second. With the lucky ones receiving twenty added points, are there any who got them through fishy means? If points are given to those having faked their way into the ‘point-add’ camp, wouldn’t those rushing into battle nakedly be all the more done wrong by? Don’t tell me you don’t believe it. These past few years stories of fake minorities, fake sports stars and fake straight-A haven’t stopped stopped for a bit. Not long ago, even Xinhua News reported on middlemen using illegal means to get fake ‘overseas Chinese’ documents for Gao Kao . And how many still haven’t been reported? [Full Text]


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