Social Equity in a Time of Change
Chapter Nine: Climbing a Slippery Social Ladder: Prevailing Perspectives of Chinese Students About Gaokao
Climbing a Slippery Social Ladder: Prevailing Perspectives of Chinese Students About Gaokao
EFLEDA TOLENTINO & ZHENTING WU
Education is the foundation of a nation, especially in a developing country such as China. We have free compulsory education for 9 years followed by 3 years of high school. After 12 years of school, students take Gaokao, a national college entrance examination that is held once a year in June. One reason why Gaokao is considered the most important part of the educational process is because the score that is earned becomes the sole standard for students’ admission into the university. Students can retake the Gaokao to improve their score but they would have to wait a whole year. One year means a lot for a student who is just 18 years old. Every family member hopes their child gets a high score in the college entry test. A good score means a good future (Zhenting Wu).
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