The Independent is reporting that students in China found to be cheating in college entrance exams has become a criminal offence, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The country’s state press agency, Xinhua, confirmed the tough new crackdown this week as an estimated 9.4 million high school pupils prepare to sit the exam, known as the ‘gaokao’.
In Ruijin, east China’s Jiangxi Province, the agency said test monitors were using instruments to scan students’ shoes before they entered the exam hall, while devices to block wireless signals were also put into action. Police officers were also being deployed at test centres across the nation to look out for “suspect behaviour.”
Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute in Beijing, told the Global Times: “Safeguarding fairness in the gaokao and education, in general, is the baseline for China to maintain social justice.”
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