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Fewer students to sit in national exam for college

THE number of Shanghai high school students to sit in this year's college entrance exam drops further due to fewer babies born in the 1990s.

Nearly 61,000 people applied for the college entrance exam this year, down from 66,000 last year, the Shanghai Educational Examinations Authority said yesterday.

About 710 domestic universities and colleges plan to admit 52,800 local students this year.

Shanghai has seen a decline in the number of high school graduates in recent years and this is expected to continue until 2016. In 2015, around 58,000 students are expected to take the highly-competitive National College Entrance Examination.

Many places in China have also reported a decline, it is learned.

This year's entrance exam will run from June 6 to June 8. Motorists will be forbidden to horn when passing by the 96 test grounds in the city.

Test takers will be asked to sign a declaration that they carry no cell phone with them as the city intensified the crackdown on cheating this year.

About six to seven students were found violating the exam rules annually in recent years and many of them were not cheating on purpose, the education authorities said.

Some students forgot to leave the cell phone outside the test ground and received calls from their parents waiting outside toward the end of the test. Their scores were nullified for violating the rules.


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