(Yicai Global) July 24 -- A rumor that eastern Anhui province's Mao Tanchang Middle School, famed for its excellent results in preparing students for China's notoriously difficult college entrance exams, was opening a class for Shanghai students has been exposed as a suspected case of false advertising.
In fact, it turns out that the training class would be run by a separate school, Lu'an Jin An Senior High School, also based in the Anhui province town of Lu'an, using Mao Tanchang Middle School's educational resources, The Paper learned from the market watchdog.
Each year, over 10,000 students graduate from Mao Tanchang Middle School with the minimum marks needed for college admission in China. The school's educational system is notoriously tough, putting the students through 14-hour days, as well as forbidding cell phones and any form of high-school romance.
The new training class was advertised under the name of Mao Tanchang on social media app WeChat through a Shanghai-based information technology firm. The course would cost CNY60,000 (USD8,700) a year, much more than a regular high school, according to the Beijing News. Students would also need to move to Lu'an to attend the class.
An investigation by the education regulator revealed that the exam preparation course is not connected with the famous middle school and the announcements have been suspended on suspicion of false advertising. The admission notice has since been deleted from Lu'an Jin An Senior High School's website.