China Watch Blog has learnt that a school has been started in Shanghai to help boys make the grade, but no girls are allowed in this school, dubbed a new approach to education.
“Boys generally become physically and mentally mature later than girls,” Lu Qisheng, principal of Shanghai No 8 High School, was quoted as saying in a China Daily report. The school is trying to change its senior high school division into a boys-only campus.
“Boys are often outperformed by girls in schools and colleges.”
In Shanghai, boy students in 2011 scored lower than girl students on average in the annual senior high school entrance exam. Their disadvantages are mainly in English and Chinese.
“What the school will do is to develop boys’ advantages, which were often undervalued or ignored in co-ed schools. Here boys will be given more opportunities for exercise and performance, which will increase their virility, fortitude and endurance,” Lu said.
The school is expected to enroll its first batch of students this autumn.