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Will Beijing's higher education reforms bring more fairness and innovation?

Parents holding umbrellas wait in rain as their children taking the national college entrance exam at the Hangzhou High School in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, June 7, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The national college entrance exam, or gaokao, has been a bittersweet experience for millions of mainlanders. Those lucky enough to have passed went on to college and left with a degree which for years has been a sure guarantee of a good career.

Monday, 16 December, 2013, 11:51am

China grapples with attacks on teachers after cheating halted on college exam

Students and parents block teachers from leaving the Hubei school after the exam. Photo: Screenshot via Weibo

Days after dozens of Hubei teachers were attacked by angry students whose attempts at cheating on China’s highly competitive national college entrance exam were foiled, the nation is struggling to understand what exactly went wrong.

12 Jun 2013 - 3:08pm 10 comments

Record 1.8m postgrad hopefuls sit national entrance exams

Test-takers flood an entrance to take part in an exam for postgraduate studies at Anhui University, in Hefei, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

A record 1.8 million students across China spent the first week of the new year taking the National Entrance Examinations for Postgraduates, state media reported on Sunday.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:49pm

Plight of teen prompts education debate, protest in China

Zhan Haite appearing on CCTV, December 3.

As the end of middle school approached this year, Zhan Haite, 15, faced two choices: attend vocational school in Shanghai in the fall or move to her ancestral home in distant Jiangxi province to take the high school entrance exam and study there.

Taking the test and going to senior high school in cosmopolitan Shanghai, where she had lived since she was four, was not an option.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:28pm

Testing time for China’s migrants as they demand access to education

A security officer stands guard as students and their parents wait outside a school gate before the National College Entrance Exams in Hefei, Anhui province, last year. Photo: Reuters

Dozens of frustrated parents crowded into a Beijing office, surrounding an education official and brandishing copies of the constitution to demand their children be allowed to take an exam.

Mothers and fathers around the world fight to send their children to the best schools they can, in the hopes of drastically improving their futures.

17 Dec 2012 - 3:46pm 1 comment

Shanghainese youth borrow a page from Hong Kong's regionalist slurs

Zhan Haite appearing on CCTV, December 3.

With the central government moving to compel schools in coastal cities to open university entrance exams to 'non-local' students beginning next year, things are getting a little crazy.

4 Dec 2012 - 2:42pm 3 comments

Thousands of mainland students flock to Hong Kong for SAT exams

Candidates wait outside an SAT test centre in Hong Kong on Saturday. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Mainland Chinese students flooded to Chep Lap Kok’s AsiaWorld-Expo early on Saturday morning, to take the SAT US college entrance exams, The Beijing News reported on Monday.

4 Dec 2012 - 10:01pm 5 comments

Do migrant children deserve better access to education?

A student takes a nap on a desk during his lunch break in a classroom in Hefei. Photo:Reuters

Beijing residents and migrants to the city from other parts of China are having a heated debate over the capital’s upcoming “Gaokao” – or China’s college entrance exam policy for the children of migrants.

30 Nov 2012 - 2:31pm

Record numbers flock to take China's civil service exam

Students leave a middle school to take a lunch break during the annual civil service examinations in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of thousands packed out schools and universities across China on Sunday to take the national civil service exam, with record numbers registering in search of a stable government job.

More than 1.5 million people registered to take the exam, the Beijing Times reported, a record and more than 30 times the number sitting the exam a decade ago.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am