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Police crack down on exam cheats

AS millions of Chinese students gear up for the national college entrance examination, education and police authorities have issued stern warnings against cheating.

The Ministry of Public Security has instructed police departments across China to make detailed plans to ensure the security of the exam, which falls on tomorrow to Tuesday.

The police would be on high alert for any cheating, such as the use of electronic devices that students could use to get answers from people outside the exam room, said a statement from the ministry.

The Ministry of Education on Thursday announced four investigations into the production and sale of devices that could be used during exams.

The police in northeastern China's Jilin Province late last month uncovered four underground workshops, where more than 100 sets of devices were found. At least seven people involved were detained.

On May 31, police in central Hunan Province detained a person surnamed Sun, who allegedly published online information about "selling" exam papers and answers of the province's examination.

But further investigation found Sun was a fraud because he did not possess any official information of the exam, an education ministry spokesman said.

In a similar case in the eastern province of Fujian, a man surnamed Chen was detained by police.

The ministry said cheating students would be barred from sitting the national exam for two years. It also published telephone numbers for the public to report complaints.

Police departments were asked to assist schools to ensure exam security, for example, to prevent the theft of exam papers while they are printed and delivered.

About 10.2 million people registered to sit this year's exam, down 3.8 percent year on year.

However, seats at colleges and universities are still hotly contested because a college or university diploma often means better job opportunities and income in the long term.


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