Meanwhile, In China


A high school classroom in Hubei province where students cramming for their Gaokao (national college entrance exams) are hooked up to IV drips of amino acids.

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.

You think you have your study technique down? You got nothing. Nothing.

An entire class of high school students receive IV drips while cramming for exams (Ministry of Tofu)


7 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In China

    1. Instant Karma Police 'n' Thieves

      It may be a hoax but I find it credible.

      Check out the this pic of the top students in the state of Victoria, Australia, from last year:

      Australia is multicultural but less than 10% of the population is from Asia. Not wishing to feed a stereotype but studying/education is more important to some cultures. Competition would be fierce in China.

      1. C

        Yeah, I know Chinese university entry exams are incredibly competitive. I do think, however, that this is just a hoax building upon that stereotype.
        Drips like that would cause all kinds of issues, and I’m not sure what benefits AAs would bring to a study session.

        1. Conor

          Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and proteins can do all sorts of wonderfull things when administered via IV.

  1. Humans Eh!

    I see a blueprint for an Irish Schools Methadone scheme ripe for a quango.
    Ah sure we are mad to do business (hand ourselves over to..) with these lads,
    great bunch of lads the Chinese…
    Lovin the aul’ human rights and all.

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