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Strange 'offerings' of high-school students pray for good luck for graduation exams

Some 12th graders in Hanoi brought "offerings" such as light bulbs, ballpoint pens and paper with their names, addresses, and exam registration numbers to the Temple of Literature to pray for good luck for the upcoming high school graduation exam.

More than 1 million high-school students are set to sit graduation exams at all examination councils across the country on July 7-8.

They are scheduled to do tests in mathematics and literature on July 7 and in natural sciences subjects (physics, chemistry and biology) and social sciences subjects (history, geography, and civic education).

The National Steering Committee for High-School Graduation Exams 2022 and the Ministry of Education and Training have dispatched 15 teams to inspect preparations for the exams in 44 selected localities nationwide.

Localities reported all preparations for the exams, including COVID-19 prevention and control plans, have been completed.

As of July 5, as many as 1,002,432 candidates had registered for the exams, with 933,510 students registering online. 

They came to examination venues to learn about exam regulations on July 6. The results of the exams will be used for tertiary enrollments by universities and colleges.  

Every year, before each important exam, many students in Hanoi and neighboring provinces go to the Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam - to pray for good luck.
Leaving his home at 6:30am, Hoang Son and his parents travelled about 15 minutes to get to the Temple of Literature. They had to wait for about an hour to enter the temple. This year Son applied to the Hanoi Medical University, one of the top universities in Vietnam.
Putting a light bulb on the tray of offerings, next to a few ballpoint pens and pencils, the student said that he hopes to maje clear, wise decisions when choosing answers in the exam.
Tran Duc Linh from Doan Ket High School, Hai Ba Trung district, and his classmates. Linh applies for the Logistics Faculty of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
After offering incense, this student carefully touched the turtle's head to pray for good luck. This act has been banned by the relic management board.
Student Tran Thi Dieu Ngoc.

Dieu Ngoc carefully wrote down her name, exam registration number, and wishes on a piece of paper and placed it along with offerings. She wants to pass the entrance exam for the Chinese Langauge Faculty at the Vietnam Diplomatic Academy.
Some students wrote their names and wishes on the stele placed at the temple for teacher Chu Van An.

Nhat Sinh

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