06 Dec '11, 12pm

Competitive education system causes stress in Chinese students

Competitive education system causes stress in Chinese students

BEIJING: China's intensely competitive education system has caused stress and anxiety among its students, often leading to psychological problems and even suicides. It has also stirred debates within the country for educational reform, and a more differentiated approach to teaching. At one of the education centres, some of the children are said to be poor performers in school. They have often been ridiculed, not just by their classmates, but also teachers. One of them is 13-year-old Li Ziyi. Li Ziyi said: "My teacher would scold me in front of the whole class for my poor performance, rip up my homework, and made me redo it." Apart from critical teachers, nine-year-old Zheng Kaige also comes home to a parent who has confessed to being unsympathetic. Li Yinhe, mother of Zheng Kaige, said: "I always feel as if there is a layer of oil on his brain and that nothing could seep i...

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