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Collapsed lung can't keep student from test

A 19-YEAR-OLD student took yesterday's college entrance examination accompanied by a doctor and a nurse from Shanghai No. 3 People's Hospital.

The unidentified man is one of 55,000 students in the city taking the exam, which this year is featuring the strictest measures so far in a bid to prevent cheating and fraud.

The student's lung collapsed on Monday and he was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Doctors said fatigue and stress from preparing for the examination contributed to his condition.

"He will be hospitalized for five to 10 days," said Hu Yuan, a hospital official. "Concerning his condition, we sent a medical team to escort his examination. He was a little bit tired from participating in the exam, but the whole procedure was smooth."

Some students forgot to take their exam cards and identity cards or left them in taxis. Police helped check their identity by comparing students to a database to guarantee them entry to the exam before their cards could be found or sent to the test centers.

Authorities tightened security measures to prevent cheating, after a leak in the most recent national entrance examination for postgraduate studies. All local test centers are equipped with surveillance cameras and covered by radio monitoring devices for the first time to prevent high-tech cheating.

"All the processes, including distribution and reclaiming of test papers, are strictly monitored," said Xue Mingyang, director of the Shanghai Education Commission. "We will replay and double-check the video record to rule out any possible violation."

Authorities have also specified tougher punishment for violators. The rules have been devised to guarantee the authenticity of the national test.

Under the new rule, students carrying cell phones will be deemed as breaking the rules no matter whether they use the phones to cheat on the test or not.

In the past, carrying a cell phone was not considered a violation as long as it was powered off.

Meanwhile, education authorities are working with the police to crack down on sales of cheating devices and monitoring websites that are spreading untrue information about the exam.

The authorities are studying ID card-verification equipment, which will be applied to tests in the future.


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