Photo: An entire class of high school students receive IV drips while cramming for exams

May 6, 2012Jing Gao28 Comments, , , , , , ,

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Photos of high school graduating senior students given intravenous drips in class have become viral on Sina Weibo. Within hours since they were uploaded yesterday morning, they had been shared by tens of thousands of Weibo users.

The original uploader, “CHImushroom”, is a senior student at a high school in Xiaogan, central China’s Hubei province. In the photo, the classroom is brightly lit up late in the evening. On each desk, piles of books take up much space. Wires are installed above desks for hanging IV-drip dispensing bottles. Another animated gif picture offers a panoramic view of the classroom with a teacher standing in the front giving a lecture. “CHImushroom” joked in her microblogging post on Weibo, “This teacher, faced with such an imposing scene, how did you manage to stand firm and hold it?”

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Mr. Xia, director of Office of Academic Affairs, said that what is delivered to the students intravenously is nothing but amino acids to restore their health.

“The state grants a 10-yuan subsidy for amino acids to each graduating senior that will participate in the gao kao (National College Entrance Exam). Any student that feels not well can go to the infirmary and take amino acids on the IV drip,” Mr. Xia explained. He said that some students had been below par recently due to the sudden weather changes in the city of Xiaogan, and the school infirmary had been packed with students. In order to spare students the trouble of running back and forth between the infirmary and the classroom and save their time, the school decided to arrange IV drip sessions right in the classroom.

The National College Entrance Examination in China, or commonly known as Gao Kao, is a series of tests adopted by almost all Chinese higher education institutions as one of the very few major criteria for enrollment at the undergraduate level. It is usually taken by students in their last year of high school, although there has been no age restriction since 2001. The tests for various subjects, including the compulsory three (Chinese, Mathematics, English), are arranged on 7th, 8th and 9th of June nationwide each year.

As the sum of the subject marks received by students determines if they can be accepted by their dream schools and if they can go to college at all, regardless of their previous academic performances in high school, the College Entrance Examination is deemed a rite of passage and a life-and-death turning point.

Selected comments from Sina Weibo: (14,496 shares and 4,323 comments)

袁莉wsj: How many healthy adults can such a sick environment possibly cultivate? Moreover, are so many IV drip dispensing bottles really necessary? Does it count as an overuse of medical resources?

火焰之端:Test-taking machines need to be recharged?

胡顺珍儿[困]This is what Chinese style of college entrance exam looks like…There is no way out…Can the country’s policy take into account the feelings of high school students???

东团–第九年的思念:This is the inevitable result of the test-oriented rote and cram education. What else can they do? Who really likes to get a prick of needle every day?…I can only say that all gao kao examinees are warriors.

天高任鸿飞:We all experienced this. We can only blame ourselves for lack of physical exercises. [挖鼻屎]

香煎秋刀鱼:This must be a performance art show!

一位极其猥琐的90后大叔:I also experienced this back then.[泪][泪]

侯贺元:The current state of China’s education has ravaged kids beyond recognition. I have absolute sympathy for the kids. I had one of those days too.

不采蘑菇的老姑娘:F**k! Our physical quality was pretty good back then. We didn’t collapse!

心狼:Total nuts! F**k~ Sigh~Reform is just a matter of time~

小四的哈哈:China’s perverse test-oriented education.

白乌鸦_微博:This is where our “healthy” college students come from! From the bottles that hang high, steady trickles of fluid entering the blood stream are slowly washing away a beautiful hope of “Good Good Study, Day Day Up!” (A saying of Mao known to almost every mainland Chinese, which means, Study hard and make progress every day)

菊一文字昭昭:China’s education mode. Hehe, it never stops ruining people.

成虫爬啊爬:There is one thing more refreshing than amino acids. It’s called cocaine. Fight, dear students! Our motherland’s tomorrow depends on you with IV drip dispensing bottles and syringes!

 

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28 comments to “Photo: An entire class of high school students receive IV drips while cramming for exams”

  1. Gary | May 6, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Needles make me nervous; I wouldn’t be able to study with everyone else having a needle hanging out of their arm.

    • NANA | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      This is why we fight off communism where ever we find it. The fact that the parent’s allow this to happen as common place is just awful… Child abuse really. Maybe they should shrink the population by half by putting a bullet in to the head of any parent willing to allow there kid to be put in this situation it doesn’t matter this kid has so much pressure put on one test that if it does not pass he will off himself anyway… What a way to create hope.

      • Bub | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        China is one of the least communist nations in the world. The US is trending toward socialism, and europe is pretty much there

  2. Blacksoth | May 6, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    How long before this becomes the norm and no one bats an eye?

  3. Potomacker | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    These are not students; they are studying machines.

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  6. rizzo | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Amino acids my butt, that’s Tiger Blood they’re mainlining!

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  9. Christine Charles | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    WOW!! now wonder the Asian kids are blowing the other students out of the water here in North America.

    IMO – It is unfair, however, because they have to pay more tuition as a foreign student the colleges and universities welcome them.

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  12. Brenna | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Is the U.S. really in the place to be lecturing anyone on proper nutrition or health? What about the obesity epidemic? What about all of the messed up stuff going on in here in regards to women’s rights, LGBT rights, racism, our hot mess of an economy? Get off of your high horse. Plenty of countries consider the U.S. to be a “freakshow”.

  13. Andre | May 7, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Not a single person is hooked up. It’s probably a science or health class and they are used for study.

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  18. roy paget | May 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    We all learn in different ways but can learning take place under such pressure? Surely the stress of exams/tests should not be so great as to need medical assistance. If revision was an integrated part of the education system then such methods would not be necessary.

  19. André M. Smith | May 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This report, if it doesn’t defy belief, it certainly devastates common sense. Mr Xia, an administrator of a public school in China, has, presumably with the approval of his superiors in the local government office of public education, found justification for facilitating a program that encourages a substance dependence as an acceptable adjunct for intellectual preparation and advancement. Not only is this MISuse encouraged, the paraphernalia are provided to assist in an efficient administration of the medium of condoned choice.

    State grants for adolescent addicts? “In order to spare students the trouble of running back and forth between the infirmary and the classroom and save their time, the school decided to arrange IV drip sessions right in the classroom.” Exhausted students inserting their own IV ports? And monitoring their own dosages? Can’t an ignorant student with no understanding whatsoever of a relationship between dose and consciousness be thought to presume that being kept alert with one strength might yield an added alertness with double dosage? Wake up, Administration!, that’s the way adolescents think!

    Who is foolish enough to believe that all sites of needle insertion have been properly swabbed? Who chooses the sites for multiple insertions? How do students distinguish between veins and arteries, a wrong choice or faulty insertion of which can kill within sixty seconds? Who is foolish enough to believe that all needles are used once only and not shared? With no obvious controls on bag contents, Who is foolish enough to believe that bag residues are not traded for something else of value, e.g., money, sex, correct answers, food, a ride home, etc.

    I’ve noticed outside the windows there is total darkness. The time therefore must be either predawn or post sundown.

    Are these elders completely mad? Have they never heard of the intricate origins and consequences of The Opium Wars? Debilitate–>Conquer!
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    Diploma (Lenox Hill Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy)
    Postgraduate studies in Human and Comparative Anatomy (Columbia University)
    Formerly Bass Trombonist
    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York,
    Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra (Carnegie Hall),
    The Juilliard Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, etc.

  20. Babu | May 15, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Can this go any further ? Treat the kids like kids not like an animal.

  21. JACK | May 19, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    welcome to China

    you can not do anything about it

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