Chinese school allows students to borrow marks


Students at Nanjing No 1 High School in eastern China are allowed to borrow marks from a ‘grade bank’ when they score low in tests. However, that’s not for free; they (students) have to repay the borrowed marks with even higher scores in a future test or earn credits with extra work. The new scoring system has been introduced with an opportunity for the students to evaluate, correct and improve their studies, not to make things difficult, punish and destroy their enthusiasm. The ‘grade bank’ at Nanjing No 1 High School is currently in a pilot phase. A student recently used the bank to borrow seven points to receive a passing grade of 60 in a physics test, whereas most students usually borrow only one or two points.