The annual Gaokao (or National College Entrance Exam)’s drama continues.
If you think that the above picture, with many IV-drip bottles hanging from the ceiling, was taken from a hospital ward, you are wrong.
It is a classroom of a high school in Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, where the graduating senior students were given amino acid infusions to restore their energy so as to continue cramming for the upcoming Gaokao which is held on June 7 to 8 annually.
It was said the government granted a 10-yuan subsidy for amino acids to each student who will take part in this year’s Gaokao, and for the sake of convenience, the school decided to arrange IV drip sessions right in the classroom.
The matter has caused quite a buzz on Chinese microblog sphere, and received sympathy as well as criticisms.
China’s Gaokao testing system has been labelled as the “most pressure packed examination in the world,” and the testing pressure has been linked to the faintings, teenage clinical depression, suicides and others.