Gaokao

Hysterical Chinese pupil collapses on ground and threatens to kill himself after poor performance in ‘gaokao’ university entrance exam

Boy had to be sedated after taking part of the exam, which puts huge pressure on youngsters in China each year

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 June, 2016, 3:27pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 June, 2016, 4:49pm

A teenager who took part of China’s gruelling, annual national university entrance exams, or gaokao, collapsed on the ground and threatened to kill himself as he felt he had performed so badly, a news website reported.

The boy had to be sedated after he took part of the examinations in Qufu in eastern Shandong province on Tuesday and became hysterical, Iqilu.com reported.

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The teenager, who was not named, had just taken a Chinese language test, the report said.

He was filmed after leaving the test venue, shouting: “I don’t want to live anymore! Please let me go kill myself. I didn’t complete my composition!”

As he lay on the ground his mother tried to comfort him, saying “it doesn’t matter”. He replied: “No. I must kill myself.”

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A newscast from the local state television station showed the boy struggling and screaming when his parents tried to calm him down.

The principal of the teenager’s high school and several mental health counsellors also rushed to the scene.

He only calmed down an hour after tranquillisers were administered by paramedics.

About a third of the marks for the 2½ hour Chinese language test in the gaokao come from the composition segment, which normally requires a student to write an 800-character article in response to a question presented on the exam paper.

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About 9.4 million students are sitting this year’s national college entrance exams, according to state media, which puts huge pressure on pupils as they determine if youngsters can go on to university and greatly increase their career prospects.