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China promises transparent, fair national college entrance exam
By:CGTN
update:July 07,2020
July 7,2020 -- In just two days, 10.71 million students across China will sit for the Gaokao, or national entrance exam, which will be a defining moment for their future. China's Ministry of Education said the number of test takers has increased by 400,000 compared to last year.
 
This year's Gaokao will be different from previous ones – for various reasons. With the COVID-19 pandemic just under control, extra precautions will be taken this time amid concerns about mass gatherings.
 
More significantly, people are beginning to question the impartiality of the exam following recent discoveries.
 
Just weeks ago, a 1997 scandal of an imposter from Shandong Province who stole her classmate's identity, taking both her Gaokao scores and university place, was exposed on Chinese social media.
 
The imposter also happened to be the daughter of the victim's school teacher, who masterminded the entire imposture scam.
 
Fourteen universities and colleges in Shandong Province have found 242 suspects of taking other students' identities from 2002 to 2009, according to reports by Southern Metropolis Daily.
 
As a result, 15 people involved in the scandal were punished.
 
The Ministry of Education on Thursday issued a notice on its website, saying it will work with public security and disciplinary authorities to look into any fraud in the exam and to punish any violators.
 
It articulated that students who are involved in identity theft in the exam will be disqualified from enrolling in universities and colleges.
 
This year's Gaokao has already been delayed for a month due to the ongoing pandemic. Students are required to record their health status, and will have their body temperature checked before entering exam sites.
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