Cheating in exams will now carry a maximum of a 7 year prison sentence in China. This is due to an amendment to section 284 of the Chinese Criminal Law Code which will take effect on November 1st. The amendment stipulates that those who cheat or plot to cheat will be given a 3 year jail sentence, while more serious cases will be given a sentence of between 3 to 7 years and a fine.
According to Professor Hong Daode, a professor of criminal law at China University of Political Science and Law, the new amendment will be a “powerful deterrent” and he hopes that it will “purify the test environment, improve personal integrity, and establish a good social atmosphere.”
Cheating has become quite common place in China with incidents involving the national pharmacy exams and the SAT. Some students have even tried hiring agents to take the exams for them, while in more extreme cases, students have been very creative in cheating using techniques normally seen in Cold War era spy movies. This has led some provinces to turn to drones in an attempt to stop the cheating.
With recent arrests of more “tigers,” it seems that Xi Dada’s anti-corruption campaign is now focusing in on the millions of flies taking the gaokao every year.
By Hasanali Pirbhai
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