At Benxi Senior Middle School, in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning, the easiest way to get into a good university is to buy a certificate that says you are a national level athlete. Twenty Benxi students were recently granted certificates for swimming, for example—even though the school doesn’t have a pool.
For up to 80,000 yuan ($13,000), a certificate in swimming or soccer, gives students an extra 10 points on the country’s standardized university entrance exam—enough to make or break admission into the school of their dreams.
Suspiciously, out of a little over 1,000 graduates of Benxi, 87 were awarded the certificates, almost equal to the total number awarded to students of five other nearby cities, according to state media, including the 20 who received swimming certificates.
Yes the cheating never seems to stop. What’s next, someone saying they climbed Mount Everest when really they rode in a helicopter part of the way up? Oh wait…….
By Aliaume Leroy
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