Nicola Davison is a British freelance writer and editor based in London.
Posts tagged "Education"
Revealed: the extreme revision measures taken by Chinese university hopefuls

Revealed: the extreme revision measures taken by Chinese university hopefuls

Every day during her final year, 17-year-old Shi Wan woke at 5.30am to an alarm booming through the dormitory at Hengshui High School. Shi would fold her quilt, grab her notebooks and race outside for the mandatory 5.40am run. On good days she got to the track at 5.34am, leaving six minutes to recite a...
The party’s goal

The party’s goal

ONE of the most dismal days in the history of Chinese national football was June 15th 2013, President Xi Jinping’s 60th birthday. Having lost to Uzbekistan and Holland in friendly matches earlier that month, China were thrashed 5-1 at home by a Thai youth team. Furious Chinese fans swarmed around China’s Spanish coach, José Antonio...
Feeling their way

Feeling their way

AS MILLIONS of Chinese high-school students took their university-entrance exams on June 7th, the education ministry received a freedom-of-information request. It asked how many blind students had sat the exam, known as the gaokao, since 2008. In that year a legal change required papers to be offered to the sightless in Braille or with aural help...
Perils of motherhood

Perils of motherhood

SHANGHAI — When Guo Meilian found she was pregnant again, she first thought to have an abortion. Ms Guo, then 32 and living in the eastern province of Zhejiang, should not be pregnant. After she had given birth to two daughters, she had a mandatory sterilisation in 1991, organised by the local family-planning committee. So...
Testing times

Testing times

SHANGHAI — At the gates of Shanghai Beijiao Middle School on the morning of the gaokao, students thumb their textbooks frantically. The number sitting China’s notoriously tough university-entrance exam each year is falling (6,000 fewer students took the exam in Shanghai this year; an effect of the one-child policy). But the atmosphere is as panicked as ever....