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Students pay for job help but get little

HUNDREDS of college students have fallen victim to what they call a training institute's scam by paying thousands of yuan but ending up taking only simple outdoor orientations or even no classes at all.

Students with several universities reported paying 2,000 yuan (US$315) to 9,000 yuan for a "job-seeking, skill-training course" at a Nanjing-based training institute's Shanghai branch, hoping to improve their skills in the stiff employment competition.

But in return, some of them were given meager lessons in dilapidated rental houses, some were taken to outdoor orientation activities and some even got no classes at all so far.

"I have received many reports from students against the company since last year," said Ye Chiming, president of Shanghai University. "Their scam is perfect and it's hard to sue them," he said.

"I was very naive," said Qiu Lin, a senior at Shanghai University, who applied for a course at the institute in 2008 and signed a contract without reading it carefully.


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