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Teacher punished for copying exam paper found on Internet

PLAGIARISM, which has been rampant in domestic academic papers, was also uncovered in test papers in a local university's final-term exam.

Tongji University has punished an associate professor for copying another school's test paper, after students revealed that the test paper was the same as one that they had found online, university officials said yesterday.

The punishment means that the teacher, Wang Hongtao, won't be eligible for promotion next semester.

Wang has apologized and resigned from his administrative post as deputy dean of Department of Education and Research at the university.

"I copied the test paper, which was sent to me by another school's teacher, for convenience," he confessed on his blog.

"I had not searched on the Internet and had no idea that the paper, together with the answers, could be downloaded from the Internet."

Wang taught a course which introduced the late Chairman Mao Zedong's thoughts and the theory of socialism to students in Tongji.

Students took the exam in the course on Monday.

Some students, who had brought the paper they found online to the open-book exam, found that the two matched, apart from two questions.

They were able to finish the test quickly while many others struggled.

Many students called the school test affairs office or wrote letters to the principal to complain that the test had been unfair.

Students' posts complaining about the teacher's behavior were popular on several online forums.

"I'm not sad about my bad scores, but I am unhappy with the teacher's attitude," one said on Tongji BBS.


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