The latest viral picture on Sina Weibo this weekend is a senior high school classroom in Hubei filled with more than 20 IV drip bottles hanging from the ceiling.
Late night on Friday, @CHImushroom, a senior student from the liberal arts class at Xiaogan First High School, Hubei Province, uploaded several pictures of her classroom that looks like a crowded hospital ward. This is a class that will soon take the Chinese College Entrance Examination, an exam that may determine a Chinese student’s entire future.
Background: Senior high school classes in China are often categorized into liberal arts classes that focus on political science, history and geography and science classes that focus on physics, chemistry and biology. Chinese, math and English are compulsory for all.
According to the school, these are amino acid infusions that help students maintain their energy level. In fact, Chinese government has regulations that subsidize 10 yuan for amino acid infusion per student who’s taking the Chinese College Entrance Exam.
A teacher from the school said in an interview, “The weather in Xiaogan has been bad and many senior students feel uncomfortable. As the College Entrance Exam gets closer, students can voluntarily choose to have amino acid infusion. So many students ask for the infusion that the school clinic reached its capacity. That’s why the school has decided to facilitate IV drip in classroom.”
These bottles don’t seem to bother the teacher at the front.
Netizens on Weibo overwhelmingly expressed their sympathy for these poor students for the pressure they face in front of the College Entrance Exam. And of course, most condemn the education system in China. Some, on the other hand, has experienced the same in the past and don’t think it is a big deal.