Friday, June 21, 2013

"We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."

A riot in China, after the school stops the kids from cheating.  The parents went nuts...

"I picked up my son at midday [from his exam]. He started crying. I asked him what was up and he said a teacher had frisked his body and taken his mobile phone from his underwear. I was furious and I asked him if he could identify the teacher. I said we should go back and find him," one of the protesting fathers, named as Mr Yin, said to the police later. By late afternoon, the invigilators were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: "We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."
According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.
Teachers trapped in the school took to the internet to call for help. "We are trapped in the exam hall," wrote Kang Yanhong, one of the invigilators, on a Chinese messaging service. "Students are smashing things and trying to break in," she said.

2 comments:

John Brown said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
John Brown said...

There was a typo in my earlier comment, so here's the updated version:

Paul -- What a oh-so-21st-century (or should I say *1984*) sentence you have chosen: "There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."

Thank you for sharing an unsettling comment that rings all too true.