“Korea had their exams for students on the pitch in order to maintained social distancing law,” claims a graphic posted on Facebook on 18 July 2020.
It shows four photos of people sitting at desks evenly spaced on a sports stadium field. They are all wearing masks.
But Facebook’s fact-checking system flagged the graphic as possibly false.
Employment exam in South Korea
Exam candidates “sat more than 10 feet [3 metres] apart from each other”, the report said. A total of 139 people took the exam.
A Reuters video posted on Twitter shows footage and photos of the exam. “South Korean authorities held an employment exam at an outdoor soccer stadium as part of social distancing measures,” the news agency tweeted.
A candidate shown in the video says: “It’s really rare to look at the grass while you’re taking an exam. Today is really different and unconventional.” – Taryn Willows
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