During the Winter holidays, we were told that his exams, postponed from last term, would take place in the first week back, so JD spent the last half of his "holidays" reviewing and preparing for the exams. But, when he returned to school last week, we were told they would take place in the second week after all. Now we have been told it will be the third week. This lack of planning and these constant last-minute decisions makes us despair of trying to get things ready. The Chinese education system seems to be so ad hoc and inefficient - my University is the same.
This last week, JD has been finishing his daily homework sometime after 11pm. We've heard other kids in his class are not finishing until 1am. His patient after-school tutor [Wang LaoShi - see photo above] keeps him going until everything is completed. And yet the other day, JiaJia got a phone call from JD's teacher saying that he was "not focusing in class" and was "working too slowly". JiaJia replied, "...yes, his writing can be slow, which is why he rarely gets to bed before midnight these days, which in turn might explain his lack of focus in class..." Sometimes his teacher just needs telling!