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Students take write turn

A TOTAL of 1,180 city students yesterday participated in a writing contest to compete for the 100 seats in the national final.

It is the country's first standard Chinese character writing contest and aims to lift writing abilities as many students have poor skills due to frequent usage of both computers and cell phones.

More than 60,000 students in Shanghai took part in the initial elimination contest.

Participants were asked to write simplified Chinese characters with Chinese writing brushes, pens or pencils.

"Handwriting is very important in our studies," said Zhuge Oujie, a student at the Shanghai Police College who took part in the contest.

Every student at the school must pass a stringent writing test, Zhuge said.

Students majoring in medical science took part in the contest as doctors known for their bad handwriting have been asked to use standardized characters when writing prescriptions.

A contest targeting teachers' handwriting will be held in September. Teachers are also victims of technology.


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