China goes high-tech to stop exam cheats
Updated: 2006-06-01 16:29
Some Chinese universities are to block mobile phone signals at exam halls in
a high-tech bid to stop cheating, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday, warning
that the practice may not be good for the students' health.
Some 9.5 million students sit college entrance exams next week with vacancies
for only 2.6 million undergraduates, Xinhua said, underlining the highly
competitive nature of education in China.
Last year, approximately 1,700 students across the country were disciplined
"Several police departments last year probed nearly 30 cases involving more
than 30 suspects who were caught using hidden telecommunication equipment to
cheat on the exams," Xinhua said.
"Colleges and universities in Shandong, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces
started to shield mobile phone signals at exam halls last year, and several
other schools are planning the same move this year, even though some experts
claim the scrambling devices may have unhealthy side effects."
All the student-hopefuls will be required to sign a paper promising not to
cheat and the government will compile a database as of this year that will
contain "credibility records" of exam takers.
"China's police will also be on guard to ensure smooth operation of the
exams," Xinhua said.