And no, it’s not in consideration of boys’ exam performances.
In the strictest exam security check in history, secondary schools across Jilin will be undertaking extreme measures to prevent cheating during the notoriously competitive and stressful gaokao (college entrance examinations), the Telegraph reports.
Schools in Jilin have prohibited any metal object or item of clothing that can set off the metal detectors outside exam halls, which includes bras with metal fastenings.
It is well known that the gaokao is one of the most intense experiences of a Chinese student’s academic career. Exacerbated by the competitive culture engendered by the one-child policy, many students are driven to finish their schooling abroad, and those who remain in the country can often experience emotional breakdowns and even commit suicide. From taking birth control to avoid period pain, to massive motivational rallies, every little helps.
It therefore comes as no surprise that students have spent almost as much time devising sophisticated cheating methods as they have on cramming for the exams themselves. Last year, the police detained more than 1,500 suspected cheats, and over 60,000 electronic devices including wireless signal receivers and modified pens, glasses and leather belts were confiscated.
This move, intended to crack down on “treacherous approaches” to gain a university place, is intended to level the playing field during the examination period.
But what of the corruption surrounding the university acceptance procedures? Or the laws in place which give students with a Tibetan or foreign residency permit preferential treatment over local students? Students with well-connected parents are often able to be guaranteed a place at their desired university so long as they make the baseline pass mark, while many are able to pay a ludicrous amount of money to increase their score.
Perhaps what is needed is not a metal detector, but a corruption detector.
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