Gaokao

Chinese mother who spent small fortune on son’s tuition ahead of the ‘gaokao’ demands refund after he flunks national university entrance exam

Tuition centre refuses saying pupil ultimately responsible for his performance

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 July, 2016, 11:37am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 July, 2016, 11:37am

A mother from eastern China who spent over 160,000 yuan (HK$186,000) on tuition fees for her son to prepare for the national university entrance exam has demanded her money back after he failed the tests, a newspaper reported.

The mother, whose full name was not given, paid the fees to a tuition centre in Jinan in Shandong province from 2011 on, the Qilu Evening News reported.

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She paid over 80,000 yuan over the last three months alone as the national university entrance examination, commonly known as the gaokao, approached.

She also decided from February to put her son in a one-on-one tuition class provided by the centre, paying 1,200 yuan per day.

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But when the results of the gaokao were released in late June, the mother was disappointed to find her son performed worse than he did in previous mock exams.

She complained to the centre last Thursday and demanded a refund, the report said.

Staff at the centre said her son should be the one held responsible for his performance.