China prepares against hi-tech classroom cheaters

June 7th, 2011 - 12:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 7 (IANS) Chinese educational authorities have geared up against electronic cheating aids in classrooms as tech-savvy students take up national college entrance exams.

The authorities in China have detained some people suspected of selling electronic cheating aids such as wireless headphones and two-way radios.

“Chinese police have detained 62 suspects for selling electronic devices used for cheating, as well as falsified examination documents, in the run up to the country’s national college entrance exams,” Xinhua quoted the ministry of education as saying.

This year about 9.33 million students will participate in China’s national college entrance exams between June 7 and 8.

Police and educational bureaus across the country have coordinated their efforts to crack 45 cheating-related cases so far, including busting a ring of illegal businesses selling cheating aids such as wireless headphones and two-way radios, the ministry said in a statement on its website Sunday.

In the latest case, local police in China’s Xiamen city in Fujian Province, detained two suspects June 4 for advertising the sale of electronic cheating aids and counterfeit examination documents.

These documents were said to contain content from the upcoming entrance exams.

The National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), or “gaokao,” is the world’s largest standardised test, taken by millions of Chinese students every year. However, a string of cheating scandals featuring the use of high-tech devices have cast a shadow over the test.

Last week, the ministry vowed to exercise an “iron hand and zero tolerance” on cheating during the annual tests, saying special efforts will be made to crack down on organised cheating schemes.

Examinees, if found to be cheating or plagiarising during the exam, will be disqualified from taking the exam and will be prohibited from signing up for next year’s exam as well, according to the ministry.

About 0.02 percent of students who took last year’s college entrance exam were later found to have cheated, according to figures from the ministry.

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