Det er desværre nemt at komme med aktuelle eksempler på nogle af de negative konsekvenser af det kinesiske skolesystem.
For eksempel her i China Daily fra sidste måned, hvor to elever begik selvmord, fordi de ikke kunne nå at lave lektier:
Two students in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, committed suicide on Thursday after failing to complete homework assignments.
A student surnamed Xie, in grade six of a primary school in the city’s Lishui district, was found hanged on a staircase at his home at about 6 am. He was declared dead at a hospital.
The 13-year-old boy got up at 4 am to try to finish his homework, police said. They are continuing to investigate the case.
In a suicide note, the boy said he loved his parents, felt sorry for them and hoped they could bring lilies, his favorite flower, to his grave.
The other student, a 15-year-old boy, jumped to his death at Jixiang Heights, a residential community in Nanjing, at about 11 am.
The student, in grade nine at a high school, failed to complete his homework during the May Day holiday, with the Nanjing-based newspaper Modern Express reporting that his parents suggested he should stay at home and not go to school before finishing his assignments.
De seneste par måneder har der også været en lang række knivstikkerier på kinesiske skoler. De har involveret børn og unge fra 12 til 19 år. Der er enighed om, at det er et udtryk for den ekstreme konkurrence, der er i de kinesiske skoler. Som en ekspert siger her i South China Morning Post:
“It’s worrying that teenagers … are growing more tolerant of violence and they see violence as a means to resolve matters, even petty conflicts,” Chui said. Young people were challenging the morals of society or their school, he said, and some might even get a sense of satisfaction or feel heroic after attacking classmates.
Chui said the recent cases might be related to a performance-oriented education system with little regard for personal development. “We see this trend is worsening,” he said. “The mental health education and social services commonly available on Hong Kong campuses are not provided adequately on the mainland. This will further aggravate conflicts among students.”
Chui said the lack of moral education for young mainlanders was compounded by a school culture that focused on following administrative edicts and pleasing Communist Party leaders rather than parents and pupils.
“School administrators are inclined to follow party officials hell-bent on burnishing schools’ academic credentials and reputations,” he said. “This often results in way too much homework and neglecting the need to develop healthy personalities.”
Det er nemt – også i de engelsksprogede medier – at finde et utal af artikler, der er kritiske over for de kinesiske skoler. Det kan man finde for eksempel her, her, her, her, her, her, her, her, her, her, her og her for nu blot at lave en hurtig søgning på Google.