Home / Top News

Inequality concerns fuel gaokao mania

By Bai Ping | China Daily | Updated: 2015-07-07 07:38

Why is the Chinese mania for gaokao champions, or the highest scorers in the competitive national college entrance examination, alive and well?

It's probably in our genes. Thousands of years ago, diligent Chinese children were taught, "Within books, one can find houses of gold; within books, one can find ladies as fair as jade," which motivated them to study hard for imperial exams that rewarded the best performers with high, well-paid government positions.

Gaokao champions may not carry the same glamour as their ancestors. But they'll become the poster boys and girls of their hometowns and schools as well as the pride of their parents. Top universities have deemed the ability to woo more top gaokao scorers as a key competitive strength, lavishing generous rewards to attract the newly minted champions.

Inequality concerns fuel gaokao mania

Today's Top News

Editor's picks

Most Viewed

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