11-year-olds at a primary school in China's Shunqing were asked to answer a question that many online have termed unsolvable, reports BBC. "If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats onboard, how old is the ship's captain?" asks the question. Pictures of the question have since created quite a stir on Chinese social media as many have been left utterly confused about the answer.
Before you think there was a misprint on the exam paper or that the question is incomplete, let us tell you, the question is absolutely fine. In fact, officials of an education department have defended the question saying it examines a student's critical awareness and ability to think independently, reports BBC.
The question received a varied number of answers from students as translated by South China Morning Post:
"The captain should be at least 18 years old because a minor is not allowed by law to operate a vessel," offered one student. "The captain is 36 years old. He is quite narcissistic, so the number of animals corresponds to his age," suggested another. "We cannot be sure of the captain's age. The number of the sheep and goats is irrelevant to the captain's age," concluded a third.
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