South Korean students expressed confusion and dejection as the country’s highly competitive annual university entrance exam was postponed a week for the first time ever due to safety concerns.
The exam was delayed after a rare earthquake rattled the country , causing damage to buildings including some schools.
The exam is life-defining for many high school seniors, as a prestigious university on one’s resume is seen as a minimum for securing a place in limited corporate jobs in Asia’s fourth-largest economy which is dominated by conglomerates.
Some scrambled to recover books they’d thrown away yesterday or to buy new ones, while others “gave up”, uploading pictures of classmates sleeping or reading online comics on social media. Still others agonised over missing concerts of their favourite singers or South Korea’s largest online game exhibition this week.