ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Op-Ed ContributorsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsFrom the ReadersDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPEducation system in search of reformsBy Xiong Bingqi (China Daily) Updated:2014-06-09 07:41Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe college entrance exam (or gaokao) has put “super high schools” in the spotlight. And by portraying some shocking scenes from such schools, the popular documentary film A Bite of China has sparked a debate on special high schools such as Luan Maotanchang School in Anhui province.Luan Maotanchang High School is known for preparing students for the gaokao, success in which is seen as a ticket to prestigious universities and high-paying jobs. Last year, 22.3 percent of the students of this school secured enough marks in the gaokao to enter key universities, and 82.3 percent cleared the all-important exam. The school has been known as the “biggest college entrance exam factory in Asia” because its only goal is to ensure that its students excel in the gaokao.The majority of the huge Maotanchang High School students are those preparing to take the gaokao a second time after having failed to clear it in their first attempt or simply to secure better marks to enter a better university.The media also talk about another kind of “super high school”: top middle schools that have excellent students and education resources in a region. These massive middle schools, which mainly focus on the gaokao, and the so-called super high schools are the byproducts of the current education system in which the college entrance exam plays the most vital role.Every year, a huge number of senior high school graduates sit for the gaokao for a second time because of the current admission policy for institutions of higher learning. Colleges in China enroll students essentially on the basis of their scores in the gaokao. According to the education policy, a student can be admitted by only one college. Since many students are unhappy with the college they are admitted to or the majors they are offered (or fail to clear the gaokao), their families compel or persuade them to take the exam a second time.The problem is that, in some areas students who cannot get admitted to a key university are regarded as failures despite having cleared the gaokao. Since key universities can accommodate only 8.5 percent of the successful gaokao candidates, schools like the Maotanchang High School are able to attract more than 8,000 high school graduates to give the college entrance exam a second try.Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesTrue value of educationEnglish education app testing waters in ChinaChinas education revolutionNew vision for university education?Most Viewed Todays Top NewsSecuring rule of law in HKFerguson a wake-up call for USBeijing cant afford a slip in HKWhither goes the anti-graft driveStudents military drill needs a rethinkForum TrendsShould children be raised by their grandparents?Eight mind-blowing facts about ChinaIs a smartphone stealing away your life?What I like the most about ChinaDo you support the ice bucket challenge?Does second-hand have to mean second-best?Should a husband give his whole salary to his wife?ColumnistsDo expats need pollution hazard pay?Kings dream remains an elusive goalFeatured ContributorsSmoking in a plane is intolerableWhats the best way to protect wildlife?Star BloggersIs it the festival or the size of the cake? By interdasglobalIn a few days time all of China will be on the move, celebrating in grand family reunion-style the Moon Festival.Return to China an eye opener By Min1989have been back in China for more than a month. What I have experienced during this period of time is exactly opposite to what I had imagined.Stepping over $100 bills By Michael MurphyHeres an old saying that Ive heard most of my life: “Dont trip over $100 bills in order to save a penny.”SpecialEx-Japanese PM: Abe should not visit Yasukuni ShrineChen Qinggang, keeping the world in focusLetters reveal Japanese war atrocities…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 130349      

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