A German exchange student recently made waves on Chinese social media after receiving a flat zero on his math test which he complained was way too hard for him. After leaving most of the questions blank, the student wrote in Chinese: “I’m sorry, but China’s math tests are just too hard.”
According to the Wuhan Chutian Metropolis, the student is currently enrolled at a high school in Tianjin and he has been in China for five months. The tests shown in the photos were from his final exams in 10th grade. Aside from his miserable math score, the student got a whopping 16 out of 100 on his history exam, and wrote on his Chinese final composition section “I have no idea what this is about, so I am pretty bored. I’m sorry.” As a response, the teacher commented, “It’s Ok! Your Chinese handwriting is pretty good though. Keep up!”
This post, of course, triggered another round of a long time debate over the notoriously strict Chinese education system. Some netizens appealed to reduce the heavy burdens on students with easier math lessons and questioned the worthiness of teaching advanced math to students who are under college-age. Some, on the other hand, were proud of the level of math taught in China’s schools and thought other countries could learn from China (like England is attempting to).
By Daniel Zhang