It’s almost time for the gaokao, a notoriously nerve-wracking time for any Chinese high-schooler hoping to get into a good university. Is it really surprising that stressed-out kids are tearing up their textbooks to blow off a little steam?
Heck, it looks like a lot of fun!
But as usual, high school kids aren’t allowed to have fun in China. After photos went viral last week of schoolkids in Xiamen going a bit overboard with the paper throwing, local officials have banned high school students from using littering as a form of stress relief, Tencent reports. The ban goes into effect ten days before the gaokao, who knows what these overly stressed kids will do with themselves until that time.
While the idea of banning people from creating noise pollution and littering is certainly rational, the stress of the gaokao could certainly justify these acts as mere trifles in comparison. The gaokao isn’t just any exam, it is a pivotal moment in any young person’s life. A child getting into a big name university means better school facilities, resources, reputation and favoritism in future job applications. Mo money mo problems? Nope, not in China.
In order to replace this wasteful method of stress relief, the local education bureau has asked high schools to give proper psychological guidance and come up with ways for kids to let off some steam in a healthier and less messy fashion.
Pointing fingers at the intensely pressurized school admission system is one thing, but some netizens have supported the government’s ban in this case.
“Tearing up books is a waste of resources. They can either recycle them or pass them on to the next grade,” one Weibo user wrote, via CCTV News.
Best wishes to anyone going through the hell of the gaokao, if things get tough how about a fengshui room to help you focus? Or if your parents want to pray for your success, just make sure they’re careful and don’t set everything on fire.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via CCTV News]