Corruption at China’s Top Classical Music Academies

Corruption at China’s Top Classical Music Academies

At That’s Beijing (via James Palmer), James Tiscione recently described allegations of corrupt admissions and hiring practices at prestigious arts schools in China, including Beijing’s Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music.

“Although the Ministry of announces its crackdown on every year, arts institutions always seem to fall from the cracks” says Lao Kaisheng, head of the School of Education at Capital Normal University who specializes in education policy. “Most universities are now kept in line with test scores, which have to be inputted into a database. But arts schools, where admissions are based on aesthetic standards and decided by a select few, are completely immune to oversight.

“This environment that breeds sexual favors and ,” Lao adds.

[…] In May 2012, CCOM guitar professor Li Kai was fired for alleged multiple relationships with students in his studio. In June, accordion professor Cao Xiaoqing was treated for multiple stab wounds, resulting from an angry father who found his wife had an affair with Cao to help with their daughter’s admission. [Source]

See also, via CDT, William Wan’s Washington Post report on bribery and gift-giving for places at middle and high schools.


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