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Joint exam can be delayed for disruptions

The annual joint college entrance examination for high school graduates will be postponed for no more than two days in case any one of the city or county governments announce suspension of work for reasons such as typhoons, flooding or earthquakes.

Professor Mu Tzung-tsann, director of the College Entrance Examination Center (CEEC), announced the contingency plan yesterday.

The measure will be implemented starting this year given that Taiwan is prone to the natural disasters that can often cause uncontrollable disruptions for work, public administrative activities and transport services.

Many parents of students have voiced concern about the possible serious impact on the examination by recalcitrant weather conditions.

This year's college entrance examination for high school graduates in Taiwan and offshore islands is scheduled for July 1-3.

A total of 75,935 graduating students have registered to take the series of tests that will be used to designate their proper universities and colleges.

To ensure fairness, all of the students will take the examinations at a total of 1,875 test sites in 61 districts simultaneously.

Mu said the decision concerning postponement of the tests will be made and announced no less than three hours from the time of the first test depending on the latest weather conditions and possible impact.

This means that any decision for postponement has to be made and announced by 5:40 a.m.

Such a decision will be made public immediately through channels like mass media, Internet, and text messages to students who have provided their mobile phone numbers, said Mu.

Except for around 3,000 students, all of the students provided their mobile numbers in the registration forms for the exam.

The potential postponement of the examination would be no more than two days, he said.

It is impossible to make a long or indefinite delay because too many people, including teachers, supervisors and examinees in so many places will be affected by postponement, he explained.

Students at certain test sites disrupted by natural disasters will be allowed to take “make-up” exams even when the local-level governments make no decision to close public offices, he added.

Mu said members of the CEEC would next week discuss possible contingency plans to cope with disruptions when one or more local governments make the decision to keep public offices open but suspend activities at schools.

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