More than 10 million students in China are facing the most difficult exam of your life in a pandemic.

He begins at 8 a. m. And at the finish until 11 o’clock usually, he’d get into little breaks between classes during the day, before coming home to revise. But for the last two months her city was on the corona lockdown, so he study all day in front of her laptop until his eyes hurt.
“I’m quite concerned. The gaokao really is very important is a turning point. A person’s educational background is really important. There are very few successful people who are not highly educated,” Xiong said.
Every year, millions of high school students and vocational trainees across China sit college entrance exams, colloquially known as “gaokao.”
a high score Examination, which 10 million people have registered to take this year, in the same way to get the country’s top universities, helping to secure a good future and a lucrative career.
the big pressure is put on students to succeed, so much so that, in 2019, The Chinese government ordered that the parents and teachers to not overload them with work.
Originally scheduled for June, the Chinese government has delayed the exam at least a month.
throughout China, students and teachers on speculation that the deferral will help or hinder their grades. But for some, the prospect of a month of promotion is already the cause of excessive anxiety.
“after gaokao was postponed, and the more I worry,” Xiong wrote in a viral post on the Weibo account. “But it’s a psychological battle and I have to to win, and I should win.”


the exam now can be administered between July 7 and 8, in addition to Beijing and in Hubei province, the original epicenter of the virus, , which is yet to announce their dates.
the postponement is designed to account for the disruption to the education of the students because of the virus .
while high school seniors in more than a dozen provinces, returned to the school students in many other places, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Hubei, are still waiting to go back to and online study, according to the state news agency Xinhua.
students in Shanghai and Guangdong in your last year of school in return classes for April 27.
but the delay of the gaokao is divide the students. While some celebrated the chance to get more studying in before the exam, others were horrified at the prospect of another month of stress for .
The gaokao is a nine-hour exam, which takes place over two days and covers four subjects: Chinese, math, English, and either science (physics, chemistry and biology) or liberal arts (politics, history, and geography).
the students on the results of the tests are the sole criteria for entry into university in China, in contrast to the Saturn in the US, where the student can take the exam several times. Most Chinese students only get one shot.
After the announcement, a viral meme showed a cartoon character the installation of a 100-day countdown to the exam, only to check after a month and to see there were still 98 days to go .
the Guangzhou student Sharon Lee was relieved to hear about the deferment. She is studying from home for the gaokao for the week, hitting the books every day from 7.30 am until 6 pm, after which he does extra homework.
Li said that when he began to study from the house, he placed himself under huge pressure to compete with other students. He recalls one teacher’s warning about slacking off.
“he said that because we could not compare how hard we were studying with each other, now, some students will not feel the pressure, and once we get back to school and to take the exam, we will realize how far we had fallen behind,” she said.
he started to stay up late to study, sometimes until 2 am, but both his mental health and his grades suffered. Now with an extra month to study, Li hopes to adopt a meterĀ  from the rest study program.
“I can use the extra a month to strengthen your weak points. Maybe I can also make for some miracle-it will be possible,” she said.
but Li Yongjun, whose daughter Ruoran is currently studying for the exam in Beijing, said the postponement means another “year of suffering” for the millions of parents like that .
“we’re all tired,” he said. “It’s hard on everyone. We all hope that the examination can be done before, the sooner the better . It tires everyone out if it drags on.”

‘chosen by God’

in a twist of fate, many teenagers take the test this year were born in 2003 — when Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) China gripped. A coronavirus dominated the year they were born, now it will mark his final year in school.
this epidemic is making life far more difficult than Sars, during which most schools stayed open despite the virus infecting 8,098 people and killing 744.
the Guangzhou high school student Li said, the fact that he was born, just months before the SARS epidemic and was now studying for the gaokao during another outbreak makes him feel like your generation was “chosen by God.” “It is like a play,” she said. “We really are witnessing history.”
the other students felt that they had grown more in the last three months than in the rest of their lives. Wuhan professional student Xiong wrote in his Weibo post that he and his sister had stopped thinking about “celebrities and food” and were now deciding what to do with their lives.
“we have no time changed two carefree children in the two young women who worry about their future … I don’t see where on the path forward,” she said.

Published on Fri, 10 Apr 2020


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