An external exam invigilator was beaten by angry parents for just doing his job during the gaokao, exposing the deeply-entrenched bribery and corruption in Zhongxiang, Hubei.
According to Beijing News, the invigilator revealed to Wuchang University of Technology that an employee from the examinations office tried to pay him off in private, and that local parents had even lobbied for the area’s head examiner to be changed halfway through the national college examination process because he was deemed too strict for their liking.
The invigilator, surnamed Li, was in examination room number 10 when he confiscated a student’s iPhone. After the exam, in his office, an examinations officer placed two stacks of cash in front of him in a blantant attempt to “resolve the matter privately”. The money was marked with “10-6” – the seat number of the student in question. Li refused to take the money, and boy did he pay for it.
At 5pm that day, after the last exam was over, Li was encircled by a mob of over 100 angry parents and students who refused to let him leave the school. The air was thick with tension and emotions were running high, students were screaming at the invigilator, accusing him of being too strict and taking away their phones. Some even alleged that he had groped female students during the security check, all of which fuelled the anger of parents who proceeded to attack Li. After over an hour, police came to escort the invigilator and his colleagues to their homes.
This is unfortunately not the first time this has occurred at the exam centre. In fact, the area is infamous for its suspiciously high gaokao results. One student admitted that they paid a teacher for answers to some of the tests, but didn’t receive them. Frankly, given how downright bizzare and insanely confusing some of the gaokao test questions can be, we are not surprised.
The true extent of the corruption only came to light this year when the examination centre was given a more strict administrator, who, for the first time, introduced external invigilators. 27 were brought in, and Li was one of those who refused to accept bribes. The city’s propaganda department confirmed that the allegations of sexual assault were groundless.
[Image credit: Sohu // Via: bjnews.com.cn]