China to send exam cheats to jail
Posted by lavanya bharathy on July 13, 2015
Category Government & Politics

BEIJING: China is working on a new law which stipulates a jail sentence for those who copy in university entrance examination or use proxy examinees to sit in the tests on their behalf.

The new draft legislation is being considered by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the Chinese parliament.

Chinese students need to pass a nationwide examination called Gaokao to get admissions in universities across the country.

The recently concluded Gaokao saw widespread exam fraud particularly those related to hiring stand-in examinees. In one case, a candidate in Jiangxi province was proxy for six different students on different examination dates.

Authorities in Central China's Henan province found that 165 candidates had violated exam laws, out of which 127 had employed stand-in test takers to face the exam on behalf of them, last year. It led to a public outcry.

The official media quoted education experts saying that amending laws to make exam cheating a criminal offense would help to promote integrity and protect fair competition.

The new draft law stipulates a minimum 3-year jail term, criminal detention or imposing a fine for organized cheating at a national exam. But the jail term can go up to a maximum seven years based on the severity of the case.

Huang Jingping, a professor at the prestigious Renmin University's faculty of law, said that it is not only the candidates and impostors who are involved in cases of fraud. Parents of candidates and their teachers are collectively responsible for the violations as well.

According to the Ministry of Education, 9.42 million Chinese high school students are taking the national college entrance exam this year.

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