From Xinhua News:
"In addition to investigations and raids, the crackdowns are also getting high-tech.
BEIJING, (Xinhua) -- As millions of Chinese students gear up for the national college entrance examination, education and police authorities Thursday 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 June 7 to 9 each year.
The police would be on high alert for any cheating, such as the use of electronic devices by both students and people outside the exam site to exchange questions and answers, said a statement from the ministry.
The Ministry of Education Thursday announced four investigations that involved the production and sale of devices to be used during the exams, using them as a warning.
The police in northeastern Jilin Province uncovered four underground workshops late last month, where more than 100 sets of devices were found. At least seven people involved were detained.
From the BBC:
In China, video cameras are being installed in almost 60,000 examination halls to prevent cheating in next week's national college entrance exams.It's easy to chide the ring-leaders of these cheating circles and the cheaters themselves for being immoral and tainting the Chinese tests. But I think one should really look at the system before one throws all of the blame on the cheaters and the people helping them.
In the past, some students have been caught using hi-tech equipment, including tiny radio receivers, to get help with exam questions.
For three days next week, more than 10 million Chinese students will sit exams to determine their college entrance.
The exams are seen as potentially life-changing and the competition is fierce.
Some students have been using increasingly sophisticated cheating methods to get ahead.
If Americans think that the SATs are stressful, that test is nothing compared to the 高考. Honestly, one's entire future is determined by these tests. Students' future universities are largely chosen for them and their majors are largely influenced by their exam mark. If one gets a poor score, he or she can forget about going to a good university. No matter how good his or her grades in school were.
While cheating is obviously wrong, it's easy to see why young teenagers with tons of pressure on them (largely because they are single children) would resort to cheating to get a good mark on the exam.
America, which traditionally has not had that strong of an influence on testing, has started going this testing route in recent years. I'm very discouraged by this trend.
Maybe it is the philosophy major in me talking (my college career mostly consisted of writing essays), but I believe training students to be test takers is a very narrow-minded and depressing view of education.