The gaokao, China’s ultra-competitive national college entrance exam, is serious, serious business. A teacher in Hunan has been sentenced to a year in prison for ringing the bell to end the exam five minutes early.
Xiao Yulong, 54, admitted having rung the bell at the school in the province of Hunan four minutes and 48 seconds early “by mistake” on June 8, meaning 1,050 students had to hand in their exams before they were required to do so, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Parents and students reportedly protested outside the school multiple times until the local government agreed to investigate why the bell was rung early. Xiao has been fired from his position and convicted of negligence “resulting in adverse social impact”, but given a suspended which will mean he will serve little to no time in prison.
9.15 million students took the exam this year according to the Ministry of Education.
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