9.4 mln students sit China’s college entrance exam

 

 

 

 

 

Examinees of the national college entrance examination wait outside the exam venue

at Xiancheng High School in Yangzhou City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, on June 7, 2017.

Photo by Yu Xing

 

Examinees of the national college entrance examination arrive at the exam venue in Nanjing

Tianjiabing Senior High School in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province,

on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Su Yang

 

Examinees of the national college entrance examination gestures as entering the exam

venue at Xiancheng High School in Yangzhou City, east China’s Jiangsu Province,

on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Yu Xing

 

Examinees of the national college entrance examination receive identification checking

outside the exam venue at Hainan Overseas Chinese Middle School in Haikou City,

south China’s Hainan Province, on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Yang Guanyu

 

Examinees of the national college entrance examination receive security check outside

the exam venue at Xiancheng High School in Yangzhou City, east China’s Jiangsu

Province, on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Yu Xing

 

Examinees of the national college entrance examination wait at the exam venue at No. 20

Middle School in Shenyang City, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province,

on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Long Lei

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2017-06-07 21:56:20

 

9.4 mln students

sit China’s college entrance exam

 

By Lü Qiuping, Wang Ruoyao, Wang Haiying, Wei Mengjia, Li Lijing,

Xiang Zhiqiang, Wang Qinou, Soinam Dicki

 

 

On Wednesday of June 7, a total of 9.4 million Chinese students began the annual national college entrance examination known as the gaokao.

According to the 2017 enrollment plan issued by the Ministry of Education, some 3.72 million of these students are expected to enroll in undergraduate programs following the examination, nearly 10,000 more than in 2016. However, competition is fierce to gain admission to top institutions.

Local authorities have taken extra measures to eliminate cheating, which, since last year, can be treated as a criminal offence. Increasingly sophisticated cheating methods have impaired the integrity of the examination, which is intended to be a level playing field.

In east China’s Shandong Province, the local education department has ordered college students not to ask for leave during the examination period, except in special circumstances, to prevent them from acting as substitute exam takers.

“The whereabouts of absent students who do not have sufficient reasons must be investigated. Stricter procedures must be followed in the approval of leave requests,” according to a directive issued by the department.

Zhang Zhiyong, deputy director of the department, said the move “aims to eliminate problems that may enable cheating.”

Police in central China’s Henan Province, which has the most exam takers at more than 860,000, have arrested 16 people suspected of operating businesses related to exam cheating. They have confiscated equipment including signal emitters, cell phones and laptops.

In Beijing, which has more than 60,000 exam takers, local authorities have stepped up supervision over the exam forms. The papers were delivered to the city’s 92 test sites under police escort. The deliveries were monitored by GPS positioning and video surveillance systems.

“My family was poor and couldn’t afford to send me to the college, so I started working as a teenager,” said Du Wanjun, father of a Beijing exam taker. “But now, all children can compete for university places and many can succeed. I’m really happy for them.”

He said he does not hold expectations for high exam results.

“I hope my daughter can relax and try her best. The gaokao is just an experience,” said Du, who unlike many parents left the exam site without looking back.

Some parents were not as calm as Du. In the city of Changchun in northeast China’s Jilin Province, a mother told Xinhua that she got up at 4 a.m. to cook carp for her child’s breakfast.

An ancient Chinese legend tells of a carp that jumped over a high gate and became a dragon. The story is often used as a metaphor for academic and career success.

“I chose carp to wish my child a ‘leap’ on the exam,” said the woman as she waited anxiously outside the exam site.

In south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, several mothers were seen wearing qipao, a traditional Chinese dress not commonly worn anymore, in front of Peihong High School in the regional capital of Nanning.

“Qipao sounds like the Chinese phrase ‘qikaidesheng,’ meaning victory,” said Wu Yan, one of the mothers, who hoped the outfit would bring her child luck in the exam.

In Tibet, more than 28,000 students registered to take the gaokao, 80 percent of whom came from families of farmers and herders. Nearly 20,000 will take a Tibetan language test specially designed for Tibetan students on Friday.

“I hope my daughter will expand her horizons by entering an ‘inland’ university and finding a decent job after graduation,” said one Tibetan father, referring to other provincial areas in China with better economic conditions.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the resumption of the gaokao after it was disrupted by the Cultural Revolution (1966-76).

In recent years, many high school graduates have chosen to attend overseas universities. However, the overwhelming majority of Chinese students and parents regard the gaokao as a fair way for Chinese universities to select students for enrollment — and a competition they cannot afford to lose.

A report released by China Education Online showed that the number of students taking the exam has declined from its peak of 10.5 million in 2008, and has remained stable at around 9.4 million since 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

A father (1st from left) of an examinee of the national college entrance examination takes

green bean soup outside the exam venue at No. 10 High School in Hefei City, capital of

east China’s Anhui Province, on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Zhang Duan

 

Parents of examinees of the national college entrance examination take rest outside

the exam venue at Hainan Overseas Chinese Middle School in Haikou City, south

China’s Hainan Province, on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Yang Guanyu

 

Parents wait outside as examinees of the national college entrance examination enter the

exam venue at Yuyuantan Middle School in Beijing on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Zhang Chenlin

 

Examinees walk out of the exam venue after taking the first test of the national college

entrance examination at No. 18 Middle School in Taiyuan City, capital of north China’s

Shanxi Province, on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Cao Yang

 

A teacher (1st R) hugs an examinee of the national college entrance examination outside

the exam venue at No. 54 High School in Shanghai, east China, on June 7, 2017.  

Photo by Ding Ting

 

Examinees are greeted by their teachers as walking out of the exam venue after taking

the first test of the national college entrance examination at Yuyuantan Middle School

in Beijing on June 7, 2017.   Photo by Wang Huajuan

 

A teacher hugs an examinee of the national college entrance examination outside the

exam venue at Beijing Ritan High School in Beijing, capital of China, on June 7, 2017.  

Photo by Ju Huanzong

 

 

 

 

 

 

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