Tracy Flick eat your heart out. The Global Times reports that a Hubei high school installed a bust of a student, the best student ever, who was accepted at Tsinghua University, unlike the rest of his useless classmates.
The bust, erected last month, sits at the entrance to the school in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, and depicts a recent graduate, surnamed Yang, who scored 668 on the gaokao, the highest score in the prefecture in 2012, earning him a place at Tsinghua.
Although the school claimed its motive for erecting the sculpture was to promote education, experts and netizens criticized the move, saying it reflected that the school judged students only on academic performance.
Experts said the presence of the bust would only place heavy pressure on students and highlighted problems in China’s education system, particularly its obsession with grades and testing.
The high school has said it plans to remove the bust this week, ending Yang’s short spell as the lord high best student ever of Hubei.