Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Must not disrespect the Chinese

Apparently, the exam represented opinions common among old China hands

A Monash University lecturer has been suspended after an exam was posted online with an answer that said Chinese government officials 'only speak the truth when they are drunk or careless'.

University students were outraged at the exam, which was posted to students in the Melbourne institution's human resources management class,  reported CGTN.

The question read: 'There is a common saying in China that Government officials only speak the truth when...?'

To receive a mark, students must have answered: 'they are drunk or careless'.

A screenshot from the exam shows one student answering: 'they have had statements approved by the party', but is marked incorrect.

Under the explanation for the answer, the quiz reads: 'to speak the truth could upset a superior and destroy a bureaucrats career'.

Another question in the exam which earned the ire of international students asked: 'In China, what has been identified as a major barrier to modernisation and the introduction of new technology and industrial reform?'.

The correct answer on the test was: 'a lack of skilled workers, especially managers'.

Following a multitude of complaints, Robert Brooks, the Deputy Dean of Education, issued an 'immediate withdrawal' of the exam.

The University has 4400 undergraduate students from China, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. 



Bird of Paradise said...

Buts it still okay to compare Trump to Hitler call Conservatives Nazis and Trash our founding Fathers LIBERALS ARE SCREWBALLS

Anonymous said...

I am at a loss to see how this question relates to the course of study. The course was for "Human Relations" as in the hiring and firing of people within a company.

Why would any professor think this was an appropriate question or even more importantly, an accurate question for the course?

It's not.

This site has to get off the idea that because someone says or does something really stupid that they are above criticism and repercussions from their idiocy.

Anonymous said...

Surely the first question should be whether it is, in fact, a common saying.
I have certainly never heard it before - but I'm not Chinese.

Anonymous said...

I am not Chinese and I have never heard that exact saying before, but I have known a lot of Chinese very well and many of them have expressed the same sentiment about Chinese government and even about Chinese attitude as that expressed in the saying. So it would not surprise me if the saying is common in China.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

That whining sound you hear are the snowflakes whining again