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Extra Credit: China School Sells Brain-Boosting IV Drips to Students

From the China Compliance Digest (Issue No. 15: May 14, 2012):

Officials at Xiaogan No. 1 High School in Hubei Province are under investigation after a student tweeted photos of her classmates hooked up to IV drips dangling from the classroom ceiling.

The drips, which were said to contain concentrated amino acids, were offered as an optional study aid for students preparing to take China’s highly competitive college entrance exam next month.

Students were charged 10 yuan (US$1.50) for each IV dose. According to media reports, drips were sold to most Xiaogan students planning to take the exam.

A school official said the drips were largely paid for with an “amino acid subsidy” the government provides for each student taking the exam. The Hubei Province Education Office said there was no such subsidy.

Sources: Jinghua Times (京华时报), Global Times


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