A student with cerebral palsy in east China’s Anhui province has
inspired his peers by achieving outstanding results in his gaokao, the
country’s college entrance exam.
Yao Junpeng, 19, was born with the disease, but never gave up on his
studies. When he received his college entrance exam results, he found
that he had scored 623 points, 108 higher than the enrollment cut-off
point for key universities in China.
As the disease posed a huge physical challenge, he had to write very
slowly. During high school, Yao was unable to complete his essays in the
Chinese language exams, which was the most challenging issue for him,
as students have to compose an essay in the gaokao.
This year, the high school and his parents submitted applications to
the local examining authority for him to be allowed extra time during
the exam, which was approved. The extra time was a great help to him,
allowing him to complete the essay.
Yao was grateful to his parents and all his teachers, from primary
school to high school, and wrote a thank-you message to them.
“It’s hard to imagine what great efforts must have been needed for a
young man with cerebral palsy who cannot take care of himself to exceed
himself,” said his head teacher, adding that Yao’s perseverance, hard
work and optimism have inspired his classmates.
Many social medial users were moved by his story. “You have a bright
future.” “We can well imagine what great efforts he has made.”
Yao hopes to be admitted to a university in Shanghai or Nanjing, which
are both close to his hometown, so as to reduce the burden on his