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One million RMB for good gaokao results

Enping City, Guangdong offers huge prizes for students admitted to Beijing and Tsinghua University

09·10·2014

One million RMB for good gaokao results

Enping City, Guangdong offers huge prizes for students admitted to Beijing and Tsinghua University

09·10·2014

Suffering from too much gaokao preparation? Well, guess what you can get if you are admitted to Peking University or Tsinghua University. One thousand RMB? A house worthy of 500,000 RMB? Such prizes mentioned are old news and not eye-catching at all compared to the new huge prizes granted for gaokao attendees in Enping, Guangdong Province, who are offering a cool  million RMB (about $163,000 dollars) together with a house are offered to students taking the college entrance exam in Enping and admitted by Beijing University or Tsinghua University.

Prizes are provided by the president of  Enping Association of Macau, Feng Huoling, who intends to revitalize education in his hometown and to attract outstanding students to study in Enping. If three or more people are admitted to one of the universities, each student will be granted an extra 1,000,000 RMB. Teachers who have taught the students in the past, either in primary school and high school (except the last year) will receive  600,000 RMB. Teachers teaching in the final year of high school will gets more, 1,600,000 RMB, Nandu reports.

The financial incentives have proved controversial, as while such material rewards undoubtedly create strong motivations for high school students to work hard and revitalizing local education is a good cause, they can easily be misunderstood and associated with the superficial. The reason the news has caused sensation is obvious:we have long placed too much emphasize on the results of education rather than the process. Education is not something that should be bought.

“Pursuing a college degree has its own meaning to an individual, and it does not necessarily associated with  prosperity or luxury goods…It might be a better idea to grant those college students who are not able to afford expenses,” an education expert suggested.