When most students taking the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, finished it on Wednesday, more than 2,000 others from Shexian county in Anhui province were only halfway done.
Thursday, the county supervised the exams for Chinese language and
mathematics, which should have been finished on Tuesday, as in other
parts of the country.
The Ministry of Education said in an
announcement on Wednesday morning that it had approved the delayed exams
after students finished the mandatory portions on Wednesday.
was good reason for the delay. Shexian county was hit by the heaviest
flooding in 50 years after torrential rainfall on Tuesday, which
resulted in the cancellation of the two exams scheduled for the day.
examination papers, which are prepared every year to the same standard
and degree of difficulty as the originals, had to be used for the
Shexian students, the Ministry of Education said.