The Exam of Destiny, Chinese cheating, and a ban on bras


Last week, more than nine million Chinese students sat the dreaded “Exam of Destiny,” the gao kao, the largest standardized test in the world.

Published in The Telegraph: “Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop cheating.” (I fished this gobsmacking article from a link on Tyler Cowen’s excellent blog Marginal Revolution)

From the article:

“The relatively small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province has always performed suspiciously well in China’s notoriously tough “gaokao” exams, each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country’s elite universities.”

“According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.”

“Another of the external invigilators, named Li Yong, was punched in the nose by an angry father. Mr Li had confiscated a mobile phone from his son and then refused a bribe to return the handset.”

More on the topic, also from The Telegraph: “Chinese education chiefs ban bras during exams

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