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June 8, a test taker’s mother knelt down to beg the staff of a test center in Shanghai to open the gate for her son in because he was two minutes late for the English examination (last examination) of the National College Entrance Exam (or Gaokao), sparking heated discussions online. |
It was learned all students were required to enter the test centers before 2:45 p.m. Friday and those who were late were not allowed in. The English test started at 3 p.m. too, but different from the other three tests, students needed to enter earlier to get their equipment ready for the listening part of the test.
The following video shows that the test taker, who said his bike broke on the way, arrived at the test site at around 2:47 p.m., and he was refused to enter the test center. One staff member of the test center read the regulation written on the back of his examination certificate to him, repeating that he was not allowed to open the gate.
The student’s mother became desperate, keeping begging the staff to make an exception and then even kneeling down to say that “this will affect his whole life.” The mother also wanted her son to kneel down too. But the staff were still unmoved.
The anxious boy finally lost his temper, by kicking the gate. When the mother was seen kneeling down again, the student climbed over the gate to try to get inside but was sent out then.
Citizens who observed it sympathized with the mother and boy, and tried to persuade the staff too. But still no chance for the boy.
Responding to the incident, the local exam authority said they regretted for it, but they did the duties according to the regulation from the Ministry of Education. The student couldn’t be allowed in even only some seconds late.
Regarding the test centers that have prepared the “backup” test room beforehand, the authority explained the room was only for students in emergencies during the exam, not for students late to the exam.
do you think it's fair? Should there be any flexibility?