Nation hushed for annual college entrance exam   2010-06-05 19:33:52 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, June 5 (Xinhua) -- No annoying drills. Stop the crane. Take a bus instead of driving to work unless you are taking a kid to the national college entrance exam.

Two days before China's top test, similar postings are seen on the web and in many communities, reminding everyone to lend a helping hand to more than 9.57 million students who will take part in this year's national college entrance examination on Monday.

They will compete for 6.57 million places at nationwide universities and colleges, which means 68 percent of them will be admitted.

Ministry of Education said the admission rate was 7 percent higher than last year, while the total number of examinees was 650,000 fewer. The news, however, did little to relieve the anxiety of teenagers who aim at the best universities.

In China, students and parents face intense pressure ahead of the examination which is widely believed to be decisive for the examinees' future.

The whole society has therefore been mobilized to help create a sound environment for the students.

The People's Court of Haidian District in western Beijing said in a statement on Tuesday it was not to approve divorces of parents whose children were going to take the college entrance examination, so as to "avoid affecting the examinees".

Parents would have to wait until the exam ends to get a divorce, it said.

Beijing has eased its strict traffic restriction, which has been in place since the 2008 Olympic Games, exclusively for the examinees' families.

"Drivers will not be fined even if they are caught driving on the day their number plates are banned, if they are taking students to the exam," the city's road traffic management bureau said in a statement.

In Beijing, all private cars are otherwise banned on one out of the five weekdays to ease congestion.

Jiangxi's Linchuan County advised all Internet Cafes to pause operation before the exam to avoid distracting examinees from reviewing their schoolwork.

In central China's Hunan, Henan provinces and northern Heilongjiang Province, police are monitoring the Internet, looking for sales of cheating devices and exam-related scams.

In most parts of China, police, officials, teachers and volunteers will be dispatched to schools to oversee the exams. Traffic police are ready to give free rides to students during emergencies.

Local police have stepped up inspections on the examinees' identity documents after MOE called for a crackdown on imposters in a statement on May 13.

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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