Here’s a piece of news about my hometown, not a pleasant one, however. A young man surnamed Teng from a poor peasant’s family was rejected by the famous local university (Lanzhou University) although he ranked the top in both written exam and comprehensive marks in the university’s entrance exams. The reason given by the university is that the young man is mentally and morally unqualified though he scored highest in the exams.
The only son of the family in the suburbs of Lanzhou,the 29-year-old Teng is the youngest of the five children. The family is poverty-stricken and earns very meagre income every year, and his road of seeking education is not at all a smooth one. While studying hard, he tried every means to support himself so that his family would not be burdened too much with his study.
However, the poor family and the young man was facing more challenges in early 2008 when Teng’s third sister with cerebral Palsy as a young girl, was in a quite critical situation. In urgent need of money to cure his sister’s disease, the young man finally accepted RMB15,000 from a girl and agreed to take an important exam for her after hard inner struggles. The wrongdoing was later exposed without his notice and he didn’t know until the teachers of Lanzhou University inquired him about this incident.
Never did he expect that what he had done two years ago would cause so great trouble for him now. Despite countless explanations, begging and pleadings, he made efforts in vain in convincing the leaders and teachers of the university. In despair, the young man filed a lawsuit against his would-be university.
The news reminds me of a famous old Indian movie about a thief. I’ve almost forgotten the plots of the movie except a famous line to the effect that you will be a thief for good once you were a thief. And in Teng’s case, he has to pay a price for what he did two years ago. My question is, will Teng be a cheater forever? Should they give him a chance to correct his mistake? We all see the absurdity in this matter, but in practice, we can hardly take proper reactions. I do hope the university will give Teng a chance. Never will once-a-cheater-forever-a-cheater story happen again.
Wish you good luck,Teng!