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China college deducts points in final exam from students who don’t know their teachers

/ 07:36 PM January 23, 2018

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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

A college in China took this to heart when it administered an exam that required students to identify their teachers.

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The exam featured pictures of seven teachers and asked students to write their names below the pictures.

According to China Daily, the exam accounted for 30 percent of the final grade. Students who wrote their professors’ names correctly received no additional points, but 41 points were slashed for wrong answers.

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“This is the first time we have introduced such a question,” said Hu Teng, the teacher from Sichuan Vocational College of Culture and Communication who crafted the exam.

“On the one hand, we want to see whether students have worked hard in class. On the other hand, we can also know whether they have paid attention to details. If they can’t even remember their teacher’s name, then they clearly have no interest in the curriculum,” he explained.

An e-commerce student from the college told thecover.cn, “I got the right answer. Some of my classmates chose the correct photo, but spelled the name wrong.”

There were mixed reactions to the exam on Chinese social media.

“I know all my teachers’ names, but I am dumbstruck at this question because I find it difficult to recognize faces,” said a Weibo user.

Another noted, “If students are not in class, of course they will not know their teachers’ names, so it’s a good question to ask!”  Niña V. Guno /ra

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