[photopress:fiddling_the_books.jpg,full,alignright]Chinese police have detained three people for running a high-tech cheating scam involving wireless microphones during the national college entrance exam.
A record 10 million Chinese high school students sat for the exam, competing for just 5.7 million university places. As a result cheating is a problem. Police in Jiutai, in the northeastern province of Jilin, became suspicious when a mini-bus remained parked outside a school hosting the exam.
Inside, they found three people, ‘two of them staring at a computer screen and talking into a walkie-talkie.’
A student in the examination hall used a wireless microphone to read out the questions and received the answers from the van. The three had charged the student RMB12,000 ($1,500) for the service.
Authorities in neighboring Liaoning province spent RMB100 million fitting over 8,000 exam halls with metal detectors and cameras to prevent cheating.
Police had found some 42 pairs of so-called ‘cheating shoes’ with transmitting and reception ability, selling for about RMB2,000 each, in a flat in Shenyang, the provincial capital.
Three men in the southwestern province of Sichuan received suspended jail terms of 8-12 months last year for using pinhole cameras to send out images of the entrance exam papers to be worked out by ‘hired guns’ for 19 students.
Source: China Daily