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"Internet cafes close ahead of exams in China"
BEIJING (AP) -- Teenagers tempted by computer games when
they should be studying for the national college entrance exam this
month won't have anywhere to escape to in central China, where
Internet cafes have closed.
High school seniors gearing up for the massive national college
entrance exams in Linchuan in China's central province of Jiangxi
have been able to focus only on studying now that all of the town's
Internet cafes have closed, said an official with the Linchuan culture
affairs bureau, who refused to give his name as is common with
"During this critical period, our goal is to create an educational
society for students that is free of distractions," the official said.
"Besides Internet cafes, there's not much else in town the kids can
waste time with."
Each year, millions of students take the two-day test on a wide
range of subjects, which is the sole determinant of their entry into
university. Only about 25 percent of them get into university and the
vast majority of those who don't make the cut go straight into the
This year, about 9.5 million students are expected to take the exam
on June 7 and 8, a slight dip from 10.2 million last year, according
to a report posted on the website of the Communist Party
newspaper People's Daily.
The immense pressure - which families share, often waiting
anxiously at hotels during exams - has prompted Ministry of
Education officials to consider reforming the generations-old
China announced plans earlier this year to allow students to take
subject-specific tests and introduce other measures besides the
exam, such as considering leadership and volunteer experience,
to ease the stress the students undergo as they compete for
coveted spots in colleges.
Cheating is also common during the tests.
More about 2,200 students were caught last year using wireless
mini earplugs and other electronic devices that feed in answers.