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ID scanners in use at exam sites

IDENTITY scanners are being used for the first time at the entrance of every classroom in the city hosting the college entrance exam today and tomorrow, authorities said.

In order to prevent stand-ins sitting for the test, students must put their identification cards on the scanner, which will show information such as his or her name and address if the ID card is genuine. The scanners were used at some city exam venues in a test last year.

It is one of five technologies used to prevent cheating, including a wide-angle camera, a listening device, a metal detector and a radio signal shield.

About 78,800 students will sit for the exam in the city today in 2,200 exam classrooms. The exam can have life-altering consequences for students.

Authorities said the scanner will be upgraded with fingerprint authentication next year.

Students are reminded not to take cellphones into the classroom or they will be scored zero for the subject, according to the Ministry of Education.


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