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Foreigners share their views on gaokao

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-06-06 08:52

ColinSpeakman (UK)

The gaokao is not alone in education around the world in an aspect some educators feel is unfair — all a student has learned is tested by one examination. Similarly, British students take A-level exams and need high grades to get into university. The fundamental problem is a student could get so nervous, or just have an off day, on the days of these examinations. They may not do themselves justice, or what they have really learned.

Now, in many degree courses continuous assessment forms part of the overall evaluation. Coursework, in-class participation and group project work all count. Sure, there are exams, but they only contribute to part of the final score. That is the modern way. The pressure of the gaokao is a problem.

A high school senior studies behind piles of books at a school in Hengshui, North China’s Hebei province, May 23, 2018. [Photo/VCG]
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