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Japanese univ. entrance exam-taker disqualified for ignoring demands to wear mask over nose

Test-takers sit for Japan's standardized university entrance exams in the city of Oita, on Jan. 16, 2021. (Mainichi/Tsujimoto Tomohiro)

TOKYO -- A person taking Japan's standardized university entrance exams here was disqualified on Jan. 16 for ignoring repeated requests to wear their mask over their nose.

    The exam-taker was one of four people sitting the newly introduced standardized tests across Japan on Jan. 16-17 to be disqualified for misconduct.

    According to the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, the requirement to wear masks "properly" was included in the organization's notice to test-takers, as well as a warning that anyone failing to do so could be considered carrying out misconduct.

    The offending exam-taker was apparently sitting the Jan. 16 tests for history, geography and civics, Japanese, and foreign languages when they were warned six times by exam proctors to keep their mask over their nose. The test-taker ignored these requests, and their action was judged as misconduct.

    The other three people disqualified were caught using a ruler, using a cheat sheet, and continuing to fill in answers after the allotted time, respectively.

    (Japanese original by Akira Okubo, City News Department)

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