Nearly 11 Million Chinese Students Take Gruelling University Entrance Exam after Covid-19 Wait

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People carrying face masks wait outdoors a highschool as scholar participate in the annual national school entrance examination, or “gaokao”, which has been postponed by one month as a result of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing, China July 7, 2020. (REUTERS/Tingshu Wang)

Nearly 11 million highschool scholar sat for China’s annual “gaokao” college entrance examination on Tuesday, after a month’s delay as a result of novel coronavirus outbreak, state media reported.

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Much of China sometimes shuts down through the examination, with drivers banned from honking their horns, and police on patrol to ensure scholar are usually not disturbed.

In Beijing, examination centres have arrange body temperature checkpoints and require scholar to put on face masks. The city has been attempting to quash an outbreak traced to a wholesale market early last month and reported no confirmed cases on Tuesday.

High school scholar have taken on-line courses since early February as a result of virus, which some mentioned lowered communication with academics and peers. The examination delay, they mentioned, extended the stress.

“We had been making ready for the June examination, then instantly there’s one other further month. I used to be not ready for the change. I virtually felt like I could not make it,” mentioned an 18-year-old surnamed Jiang.

Parents likewise have been feeling the stress. Large teams waited outdoors the venue as the scholars took the examination.

“Teachers have given them a pile of learning supplies,” mentioned a guardian surnamed Wang. “My printer virtually broke down.”


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