Terrifying Photos of a Chinese High School: Is This a School or a Jail?

How would it feel to be a student here? (Image: Weibo.com)
How would it feel to be a student here? (Image: Weibo.com)

Chinese students usually face high pressure at school, especially before the college entrance exam or gaokao.

The three-year period for Chinese high school students is a cruel battle, full of tests, scores, and ranking. Many students stress out during this long-term struggle, and some even commit suicide as they can see no other way out.

Recently, a Weibo blogger shared these photos of a famous high school in China. It really presents a horrible view of life there, and looks more like a jail than a school.

On every floor, there is a red banner to encourage the students to keep working hard day by day. (Image: Weibo.com)

On every floor, there’s a red banner encouraging students to keep working hard every day. (Image: Weibo.com)

Steel bars are added to the handrails, to prevent students jumping off the building. (Image: Weibo.com)

Steel bars are added to the handrails to prevent students jumping off. (Image: Weibo.com)

In the photos, we see the school building almost covered by red banners with words like “fighting for the gaokao” or “countdown to exam day.” And there are so many steel bars that there’s not even room to put your head through. It looks just like a prison.

Why is the school doing this? In the last six months, two students jumped off the school building and died there, according to Sina News. The most recent one happened on March 29. This high school is famous for getting the most graduates into top universities. But it enforces harsh requirements on the students, including even how fast they can walk.

A Weibo blogger commented:

The school doesn’t care whether you kill yourself. They only care that you don’t do it inside the school.

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