The suspected leader of a group that hired university students to sit the gaokao, China’s college entrance exam, for high school students was detained in Jiangxi province.
The 48-year-old man, surnamed Zhao, was nabbed on a train taking off for Jinan, Shandong province after authorities learned about the illicit operation, China Daily reports.
Police also arrested a 20-year-old student from a university in Wuhan, Hubei who had later confessed to being one of the substitute test-takers. The student, surnamed Peng, gave the names of five other college students who were paid to take tests for the group’s “clients”—senior high school students. A total of nine suspects involved had been detained by yesterday evening.
The case was brought to light when an undercover reporter with Southern Metropolis Daily infiltrated the operation. All the substitute exam-takers were students at Hubei universities who’d been given fake IDs, exam admission cards and accommodations in order to sit the test for high schoolers.
The suspects charged clients between 40,000 and 50,000 yuan for satisfactory exam results which would gain them admission to an undergraduate school. If test-takers’ scores helped land a student a place in a prestigious university, they charged up to 1 million yuan.
This isn’t the first cheating scandal to make headlines in recent weeks. In May, we reported that 15 Chinese nationals were accused of helping students gain access to US universities by providing impostors to sit the college entrance exams for them. The substitutes had been taking the SAT, GRE and TOEFL in test centers located mainly in Pennsylvania for the past four years.
Last year, more than 120 fake test-takers were caught in Henan province alone around gaokao time.