Text by Cheng Yu
It’s been ten years since Zhan Haite began residing in Shanghai. She considers herself a Shanghai resident who should enjoy the right to attend a local high school; regulations disagree. On June 8, 2012, she launched a Weibo account to begin relating her tales of struggle.
Fifteen-year-old Zhan Haite soon attracted national attention by demanding admission to high school for residents of Beijing and Shanghai regardless of their registered hometowns.
Actually, Zhan wasn’t the first person to question the policy. In mid-2012, the Chinese central government asked local authorities to brainstorm solutions and promulgate measures by the end of 2012.
The problem is related to Chinese household registration system. Since China resumed its college entrance examination in 1977 after more than a decade of suspension, candidates have had to take the entrance exams in their registered hometowns. However, according to the sixth national population census in 2010, some 220 million Chinese residents live or work outside their hometowns, leading to schooling problems for the next generation, particularly when they must travel back to their hometowns to take entrance exams.......