In two separate scams the parents, including a local official, gave their children hidden earpieces to enable them to receive answers to questions in the fiercely competitive annual college entrance tests, according to the official Legal Daily newspaper.
The eight, who received jail terms ranging from six months to three years, plotted together in 2007 after realizing that their children were not going to meet the required standard without ‘assistance’.
The UK Telegraph reports that one of the parents, who were all from wealthy eastern province of Zhejiang, hired a battery of six university students to answer the questions which had been faxed to him by a teacher who was also convicted by the court.
A second parent bribed a student to take a pocket scanner into the examination room so that he could transmit the questions back to him. He had a team of nine teachers at hand to provide the answers.