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Exam-scam boy shows heart

THE student in the center of an exam scandal in southwest China's Chongqing said he had forgiven his father for a "goodwill" mistake that cost him his chance at college even though he was the top scorer in the municipality this year.

"I know that was a mistake out of love," He Chuanyang, who scored 659 points out of a total of 750 points, was quoted as saying by Shanghai Morning Post yesterday. The score could secure him a place in any prestigious university in China.

It had never occurred to He's family that a mistake his father made when the boy was 14 would backfire.

The father, He Yeda, changed his son's ethnic status from Han Chinese to Tujia to secure 20 extra preferential points for ethnic minorities and a bigger chance to go into a prestigious outlet in the college entrance examination, which has been called the turning point in all Chinese students' lives.

"I had been kept in the dark," the boy was quoted as saying. "I couldn't believe my ears when my father told me about it."

Lu Lingqiong, the boy's mother, said: "We were afraid he would become idle if he knew about the extra points."

In 1991, He Chuanyang was born in a successful family in his hometown in Wushan County, Chongqing. His father and mother were civil servants.

He showed a brilliant mind in the very early stages of his life.

He went into Nankai High School with the fourth-highest points in the High School Entrance Exam in his county.

Nankai High, established by famous educator Zhang Bocen, was generally deemed a guarantee for students to go on to fine colleges.

All that is gone for He Chuanyang. He's father has now been removed from his post as head of Wushan County's college entrance examination office and the mother was also temporarily removed from the post of deputy director of the Communist Party of China Wushan County Committee's organization department.

When the public, via the Internet, welcomed the punishment meted out to the gentle 17-year-old boy, he endured many sleepless nights.

He Chuanyang has already been denied access to Hong Kong University.

"I always knew there would be a bumpy life ahead of me; I just didn't see the traps coming so early ... I am only 17," He Chuanyang told Shanghai Morning Post, responding to people's concerns on his future life.

"My life will go on. And may everyone learn a lesson from me."


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