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Strict anti-epidemic measures for Beijing college entrance exam

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-07-03 21:31
A teacher goes through the procedures in a rehearsal of the gaokao at Beijing No 12 High School, July 3, 2020. [Photo by Feng Yongbin/chinadaily.com.cn]

BEIJING -- Beijing's education authority has required strict anti-coronavirus measures to ensure the safety and health of over 49,000 candidates for the college entrance exam which will start next Tuesday.

This year, 49,225 students in Beijing will take the national exam, also known as gaokao, from July 7 to July 10 in 2,867 exam rooms in 132 schools across the city.

Although the number of examinees declined compared with last year, more exam rooms have been prepared to guarantee physical distancing.

All monitors and staff are required to take nucleic acid tests beforehand, and the health conditions of examinees are monitored 14 days ahead of the exam. Designated schools for gaokao have also prepared necessary medical supplies, such as masks and disinfectant products, for students and monitors.

In addition, Beijing's municipal education commission asks all schools for gaokao to have three backup exam rooms in case of emergency, and each school will have an expert from the municipal health commission, or the disease control and prevention institutions, to help intensify anti-epidemic preparation.

Students will have their temperatures taken before entering exam rooms and wear masks throughout the tests.

Apart from strict safety measures, psychological experts will be ready to help relieve stress and anxiety of students before the tests, said Jiang Yanfu with the League of Beijing No 12 High Schools.

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