Insight into education system in China

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Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One of the main reasons why China might not become the next superpower so fast is its education system.

Think crowded classrooms, underpaid teachers, lack of resources, emphasis on control rather than learning, learning by rote, lack of creativity and you are on the right track for China's education system.

The collapse of the school buildings for the normal kids - as apposed to to the Party official kids at the school down the road which stood up fine - in the recent Sichuan earthquake is probably just another sign of what we suspect about China (they are just like us, just like America . . . )

In a country with too many people and not enough resources, corruption is rife.

In schools too, for places in schools, for results, for scholarships . . .

Over the last decade there has been a drive to rid corruption from China, but it is part of the system - particularly for party and government officials. It's not just the construction firms, or the manufacturers.

In yet another effort to stamp out corruption, last week the government that teachers and doctors will face bribery charges if they recieve money or other rewards in exchange for favours. Teachers face the charges if they accept bribes from sales agents of textbooks, teaching facilities, school uniforms and other related items during the course of their work.

Part of the problem with this is that for Chinese, a little gift-giving is the way to go. It is part of society, like spitting and shouting and not ever using a hankerchief. In fact, last year a new record was set by Huang Songyou, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court - he was suspected of taking bribes of nearly 400 million yuan ($58.6 million).

Where I live, it is common to hear students say they will just buy the exam paper before the exam - either from the teacher or from the printery. And there's always the post-exam trip to see the teacher to increase your grades.
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