Exam centers in China wired up to prevent cheats

Exam cheats in Dianbai county in China are going to find themselves up against a world of watchful eyes--virtually.

SINGAPORE--Exam cheats in Dianbai county in China are going to find themselves up against a world of watchful eyes--virtually.

The three exam centers in the county have been wired up with closed-circuit cameras, which will in turn be connected to the Internet.

The exams will be Webcast live. Any idle surfers can check in on the candidates as they sit their papers.

The county in Guangdong recently suffered a scandal when it was discovered that candidates for the all-important annual college entrance examinations had paid for a scam in which teachers solved the multiple-choice questions, then relayed the answers to a third party, who in turn paged the answers to students in the exam hall.

Just having more invigilators in the hall does not seem to be a solution, as students seem to have got past that old economy security staple--a television station last year showed students in Hunan gesturing to each other and exchanging answers sheets under the noses of invigilators, The Straits Times reported, citing the Beijing Evening Post.

Last year, 3.9 million candidates took the tertiary entrance exam. They were trying for under two million places.

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