A total of 2,219 candidates for the college entrances exam were, according to the Ministry of Education, found cheating. This figure needs to be kept in perspective. More people sit for this exam than any other exam in the world. Thus those found cheating were only 0.023% of the 10.2 million college entrance exam sitters. A minuscule amount.
In fact, the Ministry said the cheating cases were down from 0.026% which was registered the year before and was at a historical low in terms of percentage since the national college examination was resumed in 1977. This, it was suggested, was due to tighter surveillance and heavier punishment.
In recent years, the entrance examination, usually dubbed the "big exam", faced increasing challenges as some candidates started to deploy high-tech cheating devices when sitting exams.
To combat cheating, the Ministry of Public Security instructed police departments to make detailed plans to ensure the security of exam sites.
Authorities of education, public security and information management also launched joint campaigns to crack down on illegal manufacturing and sales of high-tech devices aimed at exam cheating schemes.
Nearly 1,100 cheaters with serious violations will be disqualified not only for recruitment this year but also for next year’s exam registration.
China View said that college students who sat the exam for others would be expelled from school and teachers would be removed from their post if they were found orchestrating cheating schemes.