The competition for getting into the best private schools in Shanghai has apparently become so fierce that now even parents are being put to test.
Last weekend was an incredibly stressful time for many families in Shanghai as 171 privately-run primary schools in the city conducted face-to-face interviews with prospective pupils to determine which kids would fill the precious few spots for enrollment for the next school year.
But at least two prestigious primary schools also put the onus of these kids’ futures directly on the parents themselves. At the Yangpu Primary School, parents waiting in line were given a questionnaire along with sheet of paper filled with tricky logic puzzles that they were made to complete within a certain time limit.
The nearby Qingpu World Foreign Language School also handed out questionnaires to parents, which asked them about their and their parents’ highest education level.
Astonished parents snapped photos of the tests and questionnaires and uploaded them to Chinese social media where they quickly went viral with netizens denouncing them as a clear case of discrimination against children from less-privileged backgrounds.
Check out some of the test questions below and see if you could secure your child a spot in one of these prestigious institutions:
Shanghai’s education authority has since ordered that the two schools scrap the tests, apologize to parents and make amends. For its part, the Yangpu Primary School has said that the logic puzzles were only meant to provide parents with a fun way of killing time while waiting for their children’s interviews.
[Images via Qianjiang Evening News]
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