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Study guides are beloved by Chinese — or perhaps more accurately by Chinese parents — and they are especially popular as a new academic year unfolds.
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A student and his grandma peruse study guides at Shanghai Book City yesterday on the eve of the new school semester starting today. Guides are beloved by Chinese — or perhaps more accurately by Chinese parents — and they are especially popular as a new academic year unfolds. They are seen as an effective way to obtain good marks in a highly competitive environment. To reduce pressure on students, Shanghai Education Commission reiterated yesterday that schools must not set written exams for students in the first two weeks of term.

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