An investigation into claims that students in Henanprovince were cheated out of high scores in thenational college entrance examination, or gaokao, hasfound no evidence of wrongdoing, disciplinaryauthorities said.
The parents of four students in four cities claimedlast week that their children's answer sheets hadbeen switched, resulting in them receiving muchlower scores than expected in the June exam. Theyblamed malpractice in local admissions offices.
The provincial discipline inspection commission and supervisory commission launched aprobe into the allegations.
After checking the student's papers, answer sheets and surveillance footage from the testcenters, they issued a joint statement, saying nothing untoward had been found.
The authorities said a review of surveillance camera footage showed there had been noswitching of the students' test papers and answer sheets. Every exam procedure at the sitesused by the four students was done strictly in compliance with set standards.
The investigation found that two admissions office officials — identified only by their surnames, Zhu and Yu — did not abuse their powers or collude with others to conduct cheating in theexam, the statement said.
As the end of the summer holiday approaches, Chinese elementary and junior high school studentsincreasingly find themselves bogged down with toomany school assignments.
However, emerging illegal ghostwriting servicesoffered on different online platforms seem like agreat "help" to them.
"Contact customer service — tell the requirements — set the price — mail the notebook — paythe agreed fee — get the returned manuscript," that's the chain of the ghostwriting industry, according to a report.
On Taobao, China's largest e-commerce platform, you can find shops undertaking suchservices.
Ghostwriting advertisements can also be seen on some social media platforms such as Weibo.
College students are reported to be the main force of the ghostwriters. Plenty of time in thesummer and the desire to earn pocket money motivate them to "help".
Under the slogan of "burden alleviation," Chinese education authorities have been trying to cutback on homework for primary school students for years.
However, more and more Chinese parents tend to arrange their children's spare time, including vacations, for extracurricular classes. Students apparently can't bear the homeworkform by both the school and the cram school.