Vietnamese high school students take national exam amid strict COVID-19 control measures

HANOI (XINHUA) – Nearly 867,000 Vietnamese high school students started sitting for a national final exam yesterday amid strict COVID-19 control measures, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The annual exam for both high school graduation and university entrance consideration has been postponed for over a month due to complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country this year.

While the majority of students took the exam yesterday and today, nearly 26,200 contestants who are being quarantined or living in lockdown areas will sit for it later, local daily newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth) cited the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training as reporting.

Those students are mainly from central Da Nang city, Vietnam’s COVID-19 epicentre at the moment, and such localities as central Quang Nam province and central highlands Dak Lak provinces, among others.

This year, candidates are requested to report their health status, travel and contact history, and have their body temperature checked before entering the test site, as well as wear medical masks, according to the Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Nearly 900,100 students registered for the national exam this year, said the ministry, compared to over 879,700 last year.

The exam includes four parts, including literature, maths, foreign language, and either a group of three natural science subjects (physics, chemistry and biology) or a group of three social science subjects (history, geography and civics).

Nearly 900,100 students registered for the national exam this year. PHOTO: XINHUA