International classes face testing questions


BEIJING, Nov. 6 — Yang Dong is relieved to have escaped taking the gaokao, China’s national college entrance exam.
Instead, he is preparing for a test that could land him a place at Cambridge University.
“I’m studying for the UK high school exam,” said the 16-year-old, who hails from Chongqing and is enrolled in an international class in Shenzhen.
As opposed to international schools in China, which are for students with foreign passports and are fluent in English, international classes are run at public high schools for Chinese students.
They are designed to cater to the growing demand to study abroad; however, some critics argue they are merely preparatory schools for exams for overseas education systems.
“I want to study abroad because I want to avoid just practicing for one exam — Officials from the Beijing Municipal Education Commission say they have received many emails and faxes from netizens calling for the cancellation of the math exam in the Gaokao or College Entrance Examinations, Beijing Youth Daily reports.
According to an online survey by the Sina Weibo microblogging website, more than 120,000 netizens voted in favour of the cancellation of the math exam in Gaokao, making up 75 percent of all survey respondents.  Full story[db:内容2]