Chinese Drone Hunts Cheaters In College Entrance Exams
China is using surveillance drones to exterminate cheating in college entrance examinations. Each year thousand of students appear in these all-important exams, results of which determine students’ place in universities.
Students have been employing different methods for cheating including buying answers, using wireless communication instruments, and hiring surrogate test takers.
Authorities were reportedly concerned about the prevailing curse of cheating. Thus, this year, six- propeller drone is being employed to fly over the examination centers in Luoyang in Henan province on the first day of exam.
The drone has been entrusted to detect the signals’ transfer between wireless devices from the testing places, where such gadgets are forbidden. Local reports suggest such signals were not detected.
China spent hundreds of thousands of yuan the drone, according to Lan Zhigang, from Luoyang’s radio supervision and regulation bureau.
“A drone has its advantages. In an urban area full of tall buildings, various barriers limit the operating range of devices on ground, while the drone can rise up to 500 metres and detect signals over the whole city,” Lan commented.
According to the education ministry, it had arrested 23 people since late May for their involvement in organizing cheating for exams. The caught cheaters can be banned from appearing in the exams for next three years, reports The Guardian.
As said above, the entrance exam plays a decisive role in students’ admission into the universities. Therefore, all the high school graduates, those who want to pursue further education, sit for the exams every year.
More than 9 million students appeared in the exam started on Sunday. The testing procedure can last for two or three days.