Teenagers stop­ping stab­bing spree

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

Two high school stu­dents in Yichun city of Jiangxi prov­ince fought a gang that at­tacked pas­sen­gers with dag­gers on a bus onMay 31. Though they saved the pas­sen­gers from harm, the se­ri­ous in­juries they sus­tained pre­vented them from tak­ing the col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion, or gaokao, this year.

TheMin­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, rec­og­niz­ing their deed, has an­nounced that it will make spe­cial ar­range­ments for the two stu­dents to take the gaokao af­ter they re­cu­per­ate. This seems like a good so­lu­tion to their predica­ment, which ac­knowl­edges their brav­ery and sets a good ex­am­ple of so­cial fair­ness.

Some people have even said that the two stu­dents should be ad­mit­ted to col­leges with­out tak­ing the gaokao as a re­ward for their self­less brav­ery, which has raised a con­tro­versy.

Af­ter all, the gaokao is a stan­dard­ized exam for se­lect­ing stu­dents for ad­mis­sion to uni­ver­si­ties on the ba­sis of their aca­demic per­for­mances. There is no doubt that the stu­dents should be lauded for their deed, but that should not mean that we should sac­ri­fice the fair­ness of the gaokao.

If the two stu­dents are ad­mit­ted to col­leges with­out tak­ing the gaokao, it may send the wrong sig­nal to stu­dents across the coun­try. For in­stance, some stu­dents may try to fol­low their ex­am­ple to avoid tak­ing the highly com­pet­i­tive en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion to en­roll in a col­lege.

It’s im­por­tant to en­cour­age and re­ward stu­dents for their brav­ery, but no so­ci­ety can func­tion with­out fol­low­ing moral norms.

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