“Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop pupils cheating”

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You couldn’t make the headline up: “Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop pupils cheating” (Telegraph). Yes, in the country held up as a model of educational attainment there are problems of the most fundamental kind. The pressure on students to perform well in the “gaokao” examinations which open the way to China’s elite universities appears to have resulted in cheating in the exam hall.

What is particularly shocking about this story is the apparent acquiescence of the invigilators in industrial scale misconduct. The scandal erupted in the city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province where the performance of students had attracted the wrong sort of attention from the authorities. Suspicions were aroused by students each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country’s elite universities: “Last year, the city received a slap on the wrist from the province’s Education department after it discovered 99 identical papers in one…

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