Students at a school in Huizhou last week were tested on their demeanor and personal hygiene based on their ability to queue, keep clean fingernails and stand still with a bowl on their head for 10 seconds, with the scores accounting for 40% of their semester’s grade, Xinhua reports.
Students at Nanshan Primary School were also tested on their ability to sit properly and keep school property like tables and chairs clean, according to the report, via the Nanfang.
The results were dismal: six of the children failed to hold the bowl on their head for a complete 10 seconds and two of them failed the hygiene test because their hands and nails were considered unclean.
According to the Nanfang:
Nanshan Primary School is a private school so it has more autonomy in choosing its own policies. According to local authorities, it tends to reserve such experimental policies for younger students.
In 2007, author Barbara Ehrenreich argued that one of the reasons why college graduates were so appealing to employers was their proven track record of sitting still and being told what to do. This enforced conformity may just be good preparation for these kids’ working lives.
Well, no test is probably less applicable to life than the college entrance exam asking students how they would sell an axe to Xi Jinping.