IV Drips for Chinese Students Cramming for College Entrance Exam

Passing the national exam is so competitive in China that students resort to finding an edge - any edge - that can help them pass.

This photo, purportedly of high schoolers given "amino acid" IV drips while cramming, has gone viral:

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.

Link - via Boing Boing

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This should be taken with a grain of salt, as with any story from China. Whenever I hear a "crazy" story from China, I remember the story from a few years ago about the undercover journalist who discovered a street food vendor selling dumplings made from old cardboard and newspapers - a story that turned out to be fabricated. There were photos accompanying that story, as well.
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