05 Dec '11, 9am

Keeping up in China's competitive education system: BEIJING: China's competitive and conformist education system...

Keeping up in China's competitive education system: BEIJING: China's competitive and conformist education system...

BEIJING: China's competitive and conformist education system has often come under scrutiny. One criticism is that teachers in large Chinese classes often have no time for children with slower abilities or those who face learning or emotional problems. Nine-year-old Fan Yutong has been described by teachers as a slow learner. Teachers have often told her parents that she needs to improve her performance. "She lacks confidence and has poor discipline when it comes to finishing her homework. She needs constant supervision," said Fan Shougang, Yutong's father. Another slow learner is Zheng Kaige, who came in last in class. "He was discriminated against in school. Once, he came home and asked me what "stupid" means. He must have been called that in school," said Li Yinhe, the boy's mother. Together with other children, Yutong and Kaige now attend a private education centre in B...

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