Tibet Caught In Unbelievable Higher Education Scam

In a strange attempt to take advantage of what is perceived as a more straightforward scoring system, Chinese investors are flocking to Tibet with the promise that their children may take university admission tests there if they pay at least $400,000.

The region’s 90% Tibetan population gives it an advantage in China’s complex “gaokao” admission tests, which millions of students take every year in the hopes of landing well-paying white-collar professions. China also boasts some of the lowest college entrance hurdles in the country. Some Chinese social media users have voiced their disapproval of the idea, saying it would be unjust to pupils in the hilly region, while others have shown their support.

Worried about students trying to take advantage of this program, the education ministry said in a notice it would punish “gaokao migrants” (those who attempt to do so) when the test draws near in early June. The world’s second-largest economy is slowing down, making it difficult for people to find work. In June of last year, the unemployment rate among those aged 16 to 24, including college students, hit a record high of 21.3%.

Different college admissions standards in China may indicate a minority-friendly policy. In 2023, an undergraduate from Tibet may have applied to over 1,200 colleges and institutions in the country with a score of 300 out of 750 on the entrance test. Those in Beijing would have had to get a score of 448 on the exam. An influx of test takers from regions with more robust education resources is potentially hurting regional candidates and driving up Tibet’s minimal scores.

For decades, human rights groups abroad have brought attention to the alleged Chinese atrocities in Tibet; nevertheless, there has been very little activity in this area in the past several years. The pro-democracy protest movement in Hong Kong and Beijing’s handling of the Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, a province in China’s northwest, have recently taken center stage. However, activists claim that Chinese officials have also been quite busy in Tibet. Chinese boarding schools have been more popular in recent years, while the government has shuttered private Tibetan schools and those in rural areas. Activists believe that boarding schools educate 80% of Tibetan children, or around one million students, beginning in preschool and continuing through elementary school.