A record number of high school students from all over China entered the vestibular rooms at this fourth fair (7) to make a test that could decide their future — even though this perspective seems increasingly terrifying under the shadow of generalized despondency among the young
A non-vestibular high score of two days, called gaokao, is the only way to enter the best universities in the country, and most of the two Chinese students have barely a chance not to be tired, otherwise two Brazilian students who can lend them several times .
A crowded field of almost 13 million registered candidates for the gaokao and the spectrum of growing youth unemployment will increase the pressure for good performance.
This week’s photos will show many students visiting temples to light incense and pray for good results, with some teachers distributing rice balls for luck. The Chinese social media was full of messages of good luck and encouragement.
The authorities went a step further, imposing several measures to reduce noise and minimize disruption to two candidates — including banning mailbox cars near some exam locations and suspending operations at nearby restaurants, they informed state media.
They will also increase security against cheating, with some cities installing facial recognition technology to detect “substitutes” hired to do the exam by another person, and reducing signal transmission power near testing locations to block electronic methods of wrongdoing, second or Global Times.
The increase in candidates — from 980,000 to 12.91 million — aroused concern among students who are already facing an uncertain economy and dwindling opportunities, with some arguing that high competition will gradually diminish the value of a university diploma.
Many of the social media agree that the number of candidates for the gaokao far exceeds the remainder of the country’s birth rate — only 9.56 million babies will be born in 2022, the lowest rate ever recorded, despite two best efforts by the government to encourage Disillusioned young married men will have more children.
But the effects of the encolhimento of the population will take years to manifest themselves in the educational system and the labor market of China. Some internet users will lament that the number of test candidates and job candidates rivais after the format will probably continue to increase in the near future.
A user of Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, was born in February 2000, when there were only about 3.75 million other test participants.
“When it comes to the generation of two my children, there are 12.91 million (candidates), four times more. It is very difficult”, they wrote.
The youth of China is the most educated in decades, with a record number of graduates from professional colleges and schools.
But they also face a growing mismatch between their expectations and opportunities, such as an increase in urban unemployment after three years of pandemic restrictions that hit small businesses hard.
A regulatory repression of internet, mobile and educational companies also harms the private sector, which provides more than 80% of two businesses in China.
The urban unemployment rate for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 reached a record of 20.4% in April, according to data released by the National Statistics Department (NBS).
And the tax may increase even more, since a record of 11.6 million university students should be formed this year.
“Structural problems are not prominent,” said Fu Linghui, spokesperson for NBS, in a collective interview in April.
Some provincial governments encouraged unemployed youth to find work in the countryside, following the appeal of Chinese leader Xi Jinping last December for urban youth to help “revitalize the rural economy.”
But this message was widely frustrated by young graduates, some of whom jump saying that they are imprisoned for their education and are undecided between pursuing a white school career and risking the job or “taking a student scholarship” and working a blue school job that they would hope to avoid by means of a university diploma.
Source: CNN Espanol