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My experience and opinion on Gaokao

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12 years ago I had our nation Gaokao, which is known as GCE A/L . It is very similar to the Gaokao. A make or break event for most of our poor or middle class school kids.  Anyway the exam was not easy. The preparation was the toughest. I had to scarify lot of things. I separated from Television. Got up every day 4 AM and studied until 6 - 6.30 AM. Then leave for school. Then to the tuition class where additional support given to me. Week ends? What is week end? There was no such a thing in that time. It was not the exam which was furious. The competition. Anyone who got an interest to learn could pass the exam, with a bit of effort. But passing was not enough. We wanted to be among the best to be filter out for the best university.

I saw many of my friends giving up the interest while the work load was piling up everyday. I did not give up. I knew this was the only way to break the poverty cycle my family was entrapped. I was correct, my effort was not wasted. I passed the exam with a good score and I was selected to the top technical university of Sri Lanka to follow Engineering. I won the scholarship and the whole engineering education for 4 years was free. Without existence of this scheme, I will never be able to enter to that university or pursuit an Engineering carrier.


Although there are debates on this kind of highly competitive and stressful exams, I strongly believe we need this kind of tough test to filter out the hidden gems which have been trapped in poverty or distanced places. Today my labmate Pan Ruofei brother told me that within three days a new batch of young kids will face the GaoKao, the china the most competitive exam. I wish all the best for Chinese kids to do their best and bring out their talents to the top universities of China.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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