Category Archives: Education

National Exams Again Students’ Only Road to College

The National College Entrance Exams, also known as the Gaokao, is the most important test in China. Students’ scores in six subjects – combined with a few extra points from other activities – determine whether they will be able to continue their studies. The...


China Focused on School Bullying, but its ‘Rise’ May be Myth

Mingming (pseudonym) went to the restroom during a class break, and his fellow students Liangliang (pseudonym) and Junjun (pseudonym) followed close behind. Once Mingming was inside the toilet stall, Liangliang emptied a trashcan full of used toilet paper and feces on his head while...


International Students Stumble During Study Aboard

The Hurun Report released its “2016 Study Abroad Trend Special Report,” an analysis of major trends in the study abroad market for Chinese students. According to the report, rising wealth in Chinese families is driving down the age at which students begin their overseas...


Education Policy Shifts China’s Study Burden to Parents

A mother in Shenzhen was surprised to learn her son could no longer remember any of the characters he learned during the recent school year when he returned to class after the National Day break. She and her husband were quick to blame a...


‘Haigui’ Employment Begins Nosedive

Zhang Jialing, a 24-year-old “haigui” who returned to China to find work, has been disappointed in her job search. After attending two tests and four interviews, Zhang found her master’s diploma from the UK isn’t that valuable. Finding a job is the top priority...


When Corporal Punishment Goes too Far

Seven students who were forced to kneel in front of their classroom and slap themselves in the face for failing an English assignment in Guang’an, Sichuan province became the most circulated story on Sina Weibo on October 12. The use of corporal punishment in...


Training Classes Draw Focus to Children’s EQ

Chinese parents are famous for sending their children to extracurricular classes. While math, English and skills such as piano, dance and athletics are all popular, “emotional quotient” (EQ) training is catching up. EQ is often compared to emotional intelligence – one’s ability to control...


Job Market Brands New Grads Branded as Quick Quitters

2016 has brought a number of bad surprises for employers, but the worst might be having to resume recruitment this month for roles they filled in July. A stunning number of graduates are choosing to walk out on their jobs in fewer than six...


Students Turn to Answer Apps to Power Through Homework

A Shanghai resident surnamed Qin contacted ThePaper.cn on August 30 to share the story of how he smashed his son’s iPad when he caught the boy using a “homework app” to deal with his summer break assignments. According to an investigation by Sohu Education...


Parents Blind to the Pitfalls of ‘Educational’ Tours

Chinese educational tours may be in vogue, but the quality of those trips is worrying. On August 15, several parents wrote to Guangzhou Daily to tell how their 40,000 yuan “educational tour” was a trap. The promised STEM lesson in the tour never appeared...