8 June 2012
China's students take on tough Gaokao university entrance exam
By John Sudworth
BBC News, Shanghai
At least nine million students are expected to take the notoriously tough exam
Every year, police road blocks are set up around schools and nearby construction sites are ordered to fall silent as the country is plunged into two days of "Gaokao fever".
This year, 9.15 million Chinese high school students are sitting the notoriously tough university entrance exam.
Critics say that for most of them, it is the culmination of a year of cramming, of repeating past papers and in large part, learning by rote.
In fact, almost everyone - students, parents, teachers and policymakers - seems to accept that the system is squeezing creativity out of students.
But despite the criticism, China's exam machine just keeps on squeezing, and more horror stories emerge each year. (...)
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18349873