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1,500 held in sweep on test cheating aids

By Zhang Yan (China Daily)

08:20, June 06, 2012

Workers check the surveillance devices of exam rooms at a school in Zhuji city, Zhejiang province, on Tuesday. (China Daily Photo)

Forbidden items like earphones, signal receivers, and modified pens for sale

Police have detained more than 1,500 people suspected of selling equipment used to cheat on exams as part of a nationwide crackdown.

The arrests were announced on Tuesday, just before millions of Chinese teenagers take the national college entrance exam, or gaokao.

"The clampdown is targeted at people who steal or sell exam content (questions and answers for State-level exams and other tests), as well as those who produce and sell cheating equipment," said a Ministry of Public Security statement.

Offenders face a punishment of up to two weeks in police detention and thousands of yuan in fines, police said.

More than 60,000 electronic devices were seized during the operation, including clear-plastic earphones, wireless signal receivers, and modified pens, watches, glasses and leather belts, which are all forbidden from being sold in China.

"Exam-related crimes have an extremely bad influence on society," ministry publicity official Zhang Hongqiang told China Daily. "Police will remain on high alert and work with the Ministry of Education to combat such crimes.

"Authorities will also set up service stations near exam venues, and strengthen public order and traffic management during examination periods."

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