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No cheating as crucial exams get under way

NO one was found cheating when 61,000 students took part in the first day of the national college entrance exam in Shanghai yesterday.

The city's Radio Administration Bureau has 12 monitoring stations and patrol vehicles looking out for cheating by high-tech equipment during the three-day exam, or gaokao.

The bureau said it didn't detect any signals yesterday that would indicate cheating was going on.

In a bid to crack down on cheating, students were required to sign a letter promising not to use cellphones inside examination venues.

About six to seven students had been found breaking exam rules each year previously but most of them didn't do so on purpose, the education authorities said.

Some students forgot to leave their cellphones outside the venues and had received calls from their parents waiting outside toward the end of the test. Their scores were nullified.

Some companies grant special leave for test takers' parents or allow them to come to work later and leave earlier so they can be with their children during the exam, which lasts three days in Shanghai but two days in many parts of the country.

Apart from the test takers and their family members, the exam also affects the general public.

More traffic police were on the streets yesterday, the first working day after the Dragon Boat Festival, to guarantee a smooth traffic flow and a quiet environment around the city's 96 test centers.

Police even helped several students get to the test centers in time after receiving calls for help when traffic conditions meant that they might be late.

Drivers have been warned not to sound their horns near test centers, especially this afternoon, when an English listening test is held.

Shanghai has seen a decline in the number of high school graduates in recent years and this is expected to continue until 2016.

Last year, 66,000 took the exam. In 2015, this is expected to fall to around 58,000.


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