The older a Chinese student becomes, the longer the school day. At the age of seven a Chinese boy or girl starts school. Outside of big cities, school starts at 8 am and finishes at 3 p.m. They start to learn Chinese, math, geography and simple science right away. In grade three, they learn English. They learn about Chinese heroes who were good people.
It’s Tough Getting Into the Right High School
Seven out of ten students who take the high school test get to go to a ‘good’ high school. There is a lot of pressure in the later years of elementary school on students at school – and pressure from parents at home. Parents spend money on tuitoring in math, gymnastics and music after school. This is done to increase a student’s chance to get into ‘good’ high schools. Richer parents can make large donations to certain schools to try and influence high schools to admit their kids. Elementary school also includes sciences.
Middle School –
When a student does qualify for a ‘good’ high school, the pressure is not off.
Some get to school at 7 a.m for an hour of English or Chinese. During this hour, students are required to read aloud to teachers. School then begins at 8 a.m and finishes at 5 p.m. There is a dinner break, which is shortened to an hour. Then at 6 p.m there is physical fitness. The school day is NOT over and there is evening school or study halls. Here students can get help in physics, chemistry, biology and political science.
College and University
Only 1 in 3 students will go on to University. There is a one shot exam where you pass or fail. This causes extreme tension and anxiety. In high school these students have attended school up to 11 p.m at night and have got up the next day to start school at 7 a.m. Lack of proper sleep time is common.