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External Examiners Prove A Hit In China

External Examiners Prove A Hit In China

Students at a Chinese high school went al-fresco during a recent heatwave to take their important exams outside.

Headmaster Luk Chien, 56, declared: "Nature has blessed us with beautiful weather - I suggest we show our appreciation for it by going outside to enjoy the sunshine which will have a nourishing effect on both bodies and minds."

The students and teachers moved all the desks and chairs outdoors for the external exams, which took place at a school in the city of Jinzhou in China's Hubei province.

Headmaster Chien went on: "The outdoor aspect to exams is also good to prevent cheating. It is easier in an enclosed and crowded space for students who are tempted to be untruthful to copy the answers from their friends. Outside we were able to space the desks much more widely apart and had a better overview.

"There is fresh air outdoors and the weather is fine in this season. Taking exams outdoors can also help the students feel healthier."

It went down well with students like Chen Fang, 16, who said: "I love this. In the past, we took the exams in a similar way, but we were just asked to move chairs outdoors to take the exams. It’s quite uncomfortable to just sit on a chair and take an exam, but now we have moved the desks outdoors it has become quite comfortable."

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