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Shenzhen Student Pays for Gaokao Answers, Given Wrong Ones

Posted: 06/11/2014 8:00 am

shenzhen gaokao cheaterA Shenzhen high school student identified as “Wu Lili” paid RMB 4,000 for answers to the gaokao exam which turned out to be wrong, reports Sina News Video.

Lili said she had found a person online who claimed to have official access to the answers on the math portion to the national university entrance exam. Lili admitted she was infatuated with this online person, and agreed to send him the requested RMB 4,000 payment.

Lili had memorized all the answers provided for her, but was completely shocked when she discovered while taking the test that none of the answers matched up. Lili didn’t tell anyone at first of her personal tragedy for fear of getting caught.

But Lili did eventually tell someone. Lili was interviewed by a police officer, and was also filmed on camera (as seen in the photo above).

Without the slightest betrayal of her own role as a cheater, Lili told the law enforcement official what she thought of the people who cheated her:

My future is now in doubt; this swindler is simply too heartless. Not only did he take my money, but he also destroyed my future.

And if there was any doubt at all to the moral of the story, Lili also said:

I sincerely hope that my younger classmates will be able to learn a lesson from my experience. Never, ever allow yourself to be tricked the way that I was and have your future taken away from you.

As brave as it was for Lili to come forward and serve as an example to others, the report did not mention the punishment Lili would face by confessing to a police officer that she had cheated on a national examination.

Photo: Shenzhen Evening Report via Weibo


Parents Block Traffic To Ensure Students Can Take Gaokao in Silence

Posted: 06/9/2014 5:38 pm

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The gaokao is nothing short of being the most important moment in a young person’s life. And as desperate times call for desperate actions, parents with only the purest of intentions have taken the extraordinary step of blocking the traffic outside a school in Nanjing, Jiangsu to ensure silence where an English listening examination is taking place, reports Nanfang Daily Report.

A full half hour before the exam began on June 8, parents blocked traffic in front of the No. 9 Nanjing Middle School as media and police looked on. Parents stood in the middle of the road and prevented any motorbikes, electric bikes or bicycles from passing through.

READ: Guangzhou, Shenzhen Gaokao Applicants Sent Off
With Emotion and Pageantry

The parents asked each of the cyclists to take an alternate route, but some of the drivers didn’t take kindly to the inconvenience as several disputes broke out, surely breaking the silence that the parents had intended.

We’ve heard a lot of wild gaokao examination stories lately: students arriving late in Jinan and Hangzhou and forced to take the exam next year; parents blocking an examiner’s car in Zhengzhou because he dared to use his horn when he was late; and, of course, lots and lots of qipao. But this is the one that shows the gaokao is a total family affair.

No words as to whether the tactic aided the gaokao-taking students, nor whether the resultant noise from the arguing disturbed anyone.

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The sign above reads:

English listening exam for the next 15 minutes; please find another route, thank you

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Guangzhou, Shenzhen Gaokao Applicants Sent Off With Emotion and Pageantry

Posted: 06/7/2014 12:02 pm

gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhouIt’s gaokao time! It’s the moment that Chinese students have been preparing for their entire lives: to take the national university entrance examination in order to be ranked in a list millions of names long and decide which student goes to which university… or not at all.

To make sure this important occasion goes smoothly, the City of Shenzhen has instituted a noise ban anywhere a gaokao is taking place, while armed Foshan police have been dispatched to examination sites to preserve the peace.

READ: Armed Police to Keep Foshan Gaokao Exams Quiet
From Dancing Grannies 

The gaokao will determine the fate of the students for the rest of their lives, so simply saying that it’s a “big deal” is to omit the colorful metaphors required for the necessary emphasis.

But colorful metaphors were used when gaokao examination applicants arrived to take the test at the Guangzhou Zhixing Middle School only to be applauded by the 60-70 people that lined its entrance. One student said he didn’t feel like “he was alone in fighting this war.gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhou

Summer Hollywood blockbusters may have more hype to them, but the gaokao can be described as nothing less that the pivotal moment these young people have been living for their entire lives. At the Shenzhen Experimental School, teachers could not hold back their emotions as they sent off their students to an uncertain fate.

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Back in Guangzhou at Huanan Normal University, a department store had employees dress up at the examination site to wish the students well.gaokao support examination pressure shenzhen guangzhou

And hype would be nothing unless there is glamour to accompany it, as these Guangzhou women dressed in dresses and qipao in honor of the occasion:gaokao support shenzhen guangzhou

We wish all the examination applicants well, and hope these young people will be able to unwind after being burdened with so much pressure. However, that also means finally revealing any fatally bad news that may have been kept from the students in order to help them concentrate.

Photo: Southern Daily via Weibo, Shenzhen Traffic Police via Weibo (2), Shenzhen Evening Report via Weibo, Southern Metropolis Daily via Weibo (2)


Armed Police to Keep Foshan Gaokao Exams Quiet From Dancing Grannies [UPDATE]

Posted: 06/5/2014 3:03 pm

granny dancing disturbanceExaminations for high school students applying to enter university, colloquially termed the “gaokao”,have  recently gotten some unexpected support. A representative for gaokao enrollment for Foshan states that every gaokao examination in the city will be accompanied by armed police officers, reports the Southern Metropolis Daily.

As students take the examination, they will be accompanied by two police officers with guns that will be stationed at every examination room. Furthermore, armed police will patrol the perimeter of the examination sites and investigate anything within a distance of 200 meters.

READ: Student in Guangzhou Stabbed in Throat Just After Completing the Gaokao

This may seem excessive as gaokao examinations can be counted upon to be the most quiet of places that would ever be the site of a disturbance, but that’s actually the point: Police may sent to the gaokao exams for the purpose of preserving the peace, literally.

Over in Fengtai District in Beijing, chengguan had given a written proposal to the “dancing aunties” that dance in a plaza located next to the No.12 Middle School. The chenguan, otherwise known as city management workers with a bad public reputation, had requested the “dancing aunties” stop playing loud music in the square and dancing so as not to disturb the 400 students preparing for the gaokao .

READ: Netizens Outraged as Chengguan Beat Mother in Front of
2 Year-old Child in Guangzhou

The proposal was rejected. The dancing grannies, estimated at two to three hundred strong, continued to dance once the chengguan had left.

“Dancing grannies” have been a formidable force in Chinese society that many residents have taken offense against. “Dancing grannies” are known for disturbing of the public with the loud music played during their dancing, and have come to prominence with a picture of them performing in the square in front of the Louvre.

Locally, the issue of “dancing grannies” had come to light recently when the mayor of Sydney expressed interest in the activity during a visit to Guangzhou, to which an overwhelming majority of Chinese netizens responded with “Take them all, please.

READ: Mayor of Sydney Interested in Importing China’s “Granny Dancing”

We imagine that armed police will be able to help preserve the peace at a gaokao examination, and perhaps by being armed, police will be able to win any arguments had against “dancing grannies”.

UPDATE 3:30pm, June 5, 2014: It’s become official: Shenzhen has now put noise restrictions upon any area within 500 meters of an examination site during this weekend, and during the upcoming senior high school examinations taking place on June 21 and 22.

While dancing grannies may be affected, the noise ban seems to be more directed at construction sites, putting a RMB 30,000 fine on any site that violates the regulations.


Photos: Xinhua, the Nanfang


Did these Chinese words in pinyin enter the English language in 2013?

Posted: 01/3/2014 10:00 am

An op-ed published in Southern Metropolis Daily yesterday listed a number of Chinese words whose pinyin became more commonly used in the English-speaking world in 2013. Although Julie Kleeman, chief editor of the Oxford Chinese Dictionary, said in November that it takes time for Chinese words to be accepted by British people and become English glossary, the author of the op-ed claims to have done research suggesting that the below words are becoming more commonly used in English-language media.

Shengnv (剩女-”leftover woman”): The author attributes the increasing awareness in the outside world of China’s phenomenon of “leftover women” to Beijing-based author Roseann Lake and in particular an article she wrote for Foreign Policy in 2012. Subsequently, Lake, together with co-authors Lee and Myers, created cartoon superhero ‘Chaoji Shengnü’ (Super Single Lady), who helps out single men and ladies in need.

One of the underlying forces behind the phenomenon is high house prices. Some men who can’t afford a property do not dare to ask out women who are more successful than themselves, creating a class of educated, successful women who have to live with the stigma of being a leftover woman.

Tuhao (土豪-”uncouth wealthy”): The author concedes that this Chinese word is unlikely to replace the French “nouveau riche” in being commonly used by English-speaking people. But he cites the increasing use of the pinyin among China hands and translators to describe the phenomenon in Chinese society of people from the Chinese countryside getting rich without becoming more urbane.

Dama (大妈-lit. “big mother”): Last year China’s middle-aged women were at the centre of a number of news stories, such as their rush to buy gold amid falling prices and the controversy around them dancing in public squares.

Wall Street Journal used “dama” in a report in August to reflect the gold market’s reaction to the new target demographic.

The author points to the word’s phonetic closeness to the English word “dame” which is traditionally the female form of the respectful word “knight.” However, the op-ed points to the character of the wife in Washington Owen’s 19th century novel “Rip Van Winkle” who is called “dame” despite lacking elegance and grace. The author argues that a better way of describing this type of middle-aged woman would be “dama.”

Gaokao (高考-college entrance examination): An increasing number of people are using the term gaokao instead of the standard translation of “College Entrance Exam,” according to the author. For example, both the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Huffington Post have adopted the term as the world becomes more familiar with China’s higher education system.

Weibo (微博-microblog): An increasing number of foreign news organisations are using Chinese microblogging platforms both to increase their audience and research their stories. Whereas “Weixin” can easily be translated as “WeChat,” publications have no easy way of translating “weibo” so have usually gone with describing it as a “Twitter-like microblog.”

But the author has observed an increasing use of “official weibo” or simply “weibo” in English-language publications.

So, can you use these words in English conversations without feeling self-conscious?


Student in Guangzhou stabbed in throat just after completing the gaokao

Posted: 06/10/2013 7:00 am

A high school student in Guangzhou is in a stable condition after being stabbed in the throat as soon as he stepped out of the hall in which he took the National College Entrance Exam on June 8, Yangcheng Evening News reports.

Yan recovering in hospital.

The 19 year-old victim, surnamed Yan, studied at the prestigious True Light Middle School. He was rushed to hospital where he was operated on and his condition has now stabilised.

Police in Liwan District have already arrested a suspect and security was stepped up on the city’s campuses in reaction to the attack.

Every year, the National College Entrance examination (which is known as the gaokao) throws up extraordinary stories. Both Beijing Cream and Shanghaiist have published some good stuff about it recently.

On June 6, a girl in Changde in Hunan Province discovered after finishing her gaokao that her father had died of a stroke. Gaokao-related tragedies are endless.


Four Guangdong students banned from taking gaokao

Posted: 05/5/2012 1:04 pm

For millions of teenagers in the mainland, the National College Entrance Examination, more commonly known as the gaokao, is the most critical point in their formal education. However, four students in Guangdong have been automatically disqualified from this year’s English speaking and listening segments after leaking key information online.

According to the Guangdong Education and Examinations Authority, answers of the listening and speaking part of the English segment of this year’s gaokao were released on April 24th, the four students’ are thought to be responsible and have been banned from taking the examination this year. It is the first case of its kind in Guangdong.

As reported by the Southern Metropolis Daily, the four students spread rumors on Sina Weibo after the exam saying that the invigilator had even helped them copy answers.

The Education and Examinations Authority has investigated it and verified that what they said was untrue. The four students were simply expressing anger about the poor quality of the examination method.

Starting last year, the listening and speaking section of the English segment, which accounts for 10 percent of the total mark, was separated from the reading and writing.

The spokesperson of Guangdong Education and Examinations Authority explained that, while the students would automatically fail this part of their test, they could still take the written English test in early June.


Shenzheners share gaokao memories

Posted: 05/3/2012 1:20 pm

As the last holiday before the gaokao passed, Shenzhen residents shared their reflections and advice about the gaokao with The Nanfang. Despite Shenzhen’s reputation as a robust city in which people overcome obstacles to make their fortune, most respondents gave practical rather than inspirational advice to this year’s senior 3 students.

Wang Hui blamed her poor performance in the gaokao on the facts that she is still in her thirties, has never had the job she wanted, and has never studied abroad. She wishes she had been more single-minded when she was 18 years old, saying that getting into a reputable university is essential to getting a good job, and having a fulfilling career is “the only way to find meaning in life.”

Reintroduced after a ten year absence in 1977, only 230,000 out of 5.7 million candidates passed the gaokao that year. Currently, approximately 3 in 5 students pass, but this year’s students face renewed pressure after the Ministry of Education called for universities to focus less on increasing the quantity of graduates, and more on the quality of teaching. The number of candidates who sat the gaokao in 2010 was approximately 10 million, almost double the figure of 2002, so the percentage of candidates who get into university is likely to decline.

Vanessa, 28, encouraged students to be more rebellious and follow their own path. But she reiterated that getting into university was essential to having a healthy income in the future, and said her university years were the best of her life.

Other respondents expressed the popular view that China’s education system stifles creativity and enforces conformity. Xiaoxiao, 30, opined that Chinese people’s lives are “raped” by the gaokao. Others pointed to the example of author Han Han who did not take the exam and had a highly successful literary career.

Wu Xiaoyan, 25, was quick to point out positive aspects of the exam. “It prepares one for dealing with stress,” said Wu, reflecting that this is important in a city like Shenzhen. Other respondents added that dealing with forced conformity was necessary preparation for the adult world.

Standardized testing has dictated social mobility for much of China’s history since the Sui Dynasty (581-618) from which time a famous poem says, “In books there is always a golden house, in books there is always a beautiful woman.” So pressurizing is the exam period, that it has been nicknamed “Black July.”

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