Riot After Chinese Teachers Try to Stop Pupils Cheating

Malcolm Moore, Telegraph (London), June 20, 2013

What should have been a hushed scene of 800 Chinese students diligently sitting their university entrance exams erupted into siege warfare after invigilators tried to stop them from cheating.

The relatively small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province has always performed suspiciously well in China’s notoriously tough “gaokao” exams, each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country’s elite universities.

Last year, the city received a slap on the wrist from the province’s Education department after it discovered 99 identical papers in one subject. Forty-five examiners were “harshly criticised” for allowing cheats to prosper.

So this year, a new pilot scheme was introduced to strictly enforce the rules.

When students at the No. 3 high school in Zhongxiang arrived to sit their exams earlier this month, they were dismayed to find they would be supervised not by their own teachers, but by 54 external invigilators randomly drafted in from different schools across the county.

The invigilators wasted no time in using metal detectors to relieve students of their mobile phones and secret transmitters, some of them designed to look like pencil erasers.

A special team of female invigilators was on hand to intimately search female examinees, according to the Southern Weekend newspaper.

Outside the school, meanwhile, a squad of officials patrolled the area to catch people transmitting answers to the examinees. At least two groups were caught trying to communicate with students from a hotel opposite the school gates.

For the students, and for their assembled parents waiting outside the school gates to pick them up afterwards, the new rules were an infringement too far.

As soon as the exams finished, a mob swarmed into the school in protest.

“I picked up my son at midday [from his exam]. He started crying. I asked him what was up and he said a teacher had frisked his body and taken his mobile phone from his underwear. I was furious and I asked him if he could identify the teacher. I said we should go back and find him,” one of the protesting fathers, named as Mr Yin, said to the police later.

By late afternoon, the invigilators were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: “We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat.”

According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.

Teachers trapped in the school took to the internet to call for help. “We are trapped in the exam hall,” wrote Kang Yanhong, one of the invigilators, on a Chinese messaging service. “Students are smashing things and trying to break in,” she said.

Another of the external invigilators, named Li Yong, was punched in the nose by an angry father. Mr Li had confiscated a mobile phone from his son and then refused a bribe to return the handset.

“I hoped my son would do well in the exams. This supervisor affected his performance, so I was angry,” the man, named Zhao, explained to the police later.

Hundreds of police eventually cordoned off the school and the local government conceded that “exam supervision had been too strict and some students did not take it well”.

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  • Puggg

    China: Parents riot because schools won’t let their kids cheat on tests.

    America: Parents riot because referees and umpires in kiddie league sports make bad calls.

    • The__Bobster

      Not 2000 parents. China is a nation of cheaters.

      • puffdaddy

        And they also don’t lock refs in the school when calls don’t go their way as they did in this Chinese town.

      • Oil Can Harry

        Remember this the next time someone claims Asians are smarter than whites.

        Why are whites so much better than Asians at inventions, scientific discoveries and medical cures? Because those are things you can’t cheat at!

        • BonusGift

          Bingo. Slightly anecdotal, but for one course I took over teaching that required many numerical calculations I told the students that they could not use a calculator because it was too easy to cheat with one; and that I would be sure to make the answers require nothing more that the ability to add, subtract, multiple and divide simple fractions. There was initial grumbling but after I addressed all concerns and gave examples of the most difficult types of questions that would be on the final things died down. The reaction after the final was revealing. One would have thought that I had killed someone’s pet dog and eaten it. A “group” of students went to the department head and complained of how bad a person I was to do such a thing (but they never told him they had been warned that they would not be able to use a calculator). Long story, short, I still teach the class but I have fewer Asian students than I used to have. Needless to say It always entertains me that people will get on sites like this and throw out, for example, Chinese PISA scores or whatever and out of hand dismiss the effects of biased samples or just outright cheating. makes me laugh.

          • TheSpeakerOfTruth

            as an alleged math teacher (presumably college, because apparently your students can pick) you should know the implausibility of the entire Shanghai PISA results lining up more or less with a Gaussian distribution. China would have to handpick each student, pretest them, and then bump up each percentile grouping by an arbitrary number of points and then repeat this for the several thousand Zhejiang students they also tested (which also scored 540+ on each subscore)

          • BonusGift

            You just made me laugh. Again: “Needless to say it always entertains me that people will get on sites like this and throw out, for example, Chinese PISA scores or whatever and out of hand dismiss the effects of biased samples or just outright cheating. makes me laugh.” Welcome to the real world of biased samples and insecure Asians.

          • TheSpeakerOfTruth

            Really now, so why is China so much better at “cheating” than Japan? If China were really so intent on cheating, why did they publish a national average well below that of any other East Asian nation’s? Why did they not broadcast Shanghai’s scores over the news except as a footnote?

            Welcome to the real world of bitter whites and their delusions. Too bad there isn’t a logic section of the SAT, or this issue would be decisively buried.

          • TheSpeakerOfTruth

            Oh wait, I forgot the Japanese aren’t “Asians”. Silly me, I’ll rescind my comment.

          • plaintruthforidiots

            More THAN… not ‘that’.

        • TheSpeakerOfTruth

          1) by “whites” you must mean a tiny 1/1000 elite and 2) having a huge mass of clueless people to exploit for capital required for R&D is technically cheating

        • WhiteGuyInJapan

          “Remember this the next time someone claims Asians are smarter than whites.”
          In a sense, all this cheating represents a form of intelligence. I often feel like the Chinese put a lot of their cognitive energies into cheating, arguing over money, stealing other people’s ideas and hiding their own secrets.
          That does take some brains.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    A June 30, 2012 New York Times report spotlights the ingenuity some Chinese students bring to the cheating endeavor:

    “In 2008, three girls in Jiangsu Province were caught with mini-cameras inside their bras; their aim was to transmit images of the exam to people outside the classroom who would then provide answers. This year, the big scandal involved students in Huanggang, Hubei Province, famous in the past decade for churning out students with high scores; several dozen students were caught there last month for using small monitors costing nearly $2,500 that resembled erasers and that allowed the students to receive electronic messages with test answers.”

    • IstvanIN

      This is clearly unfair to boys, who do not wear bras!

  • Bardon Kaldian

    “We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat.”

    hahhaahhahh….

    • BonusGift

      Given that it is not an isolated individual and represents a general belief, that is the line that reveals the basic difference between them and us isn’t it? That is: cheating = fairness. Remember the underage Chinese gymnasts; wanton stealing of intellectual property, currency pegging, tainted baby formula, indescribable levels of pollution, etc., etcetera …? Outside of China or Chinese dominated areas: cheating = Chinese = shame. It always entertains me when some PC idiot says we shouldn’t remind or point out some silly and/or illegal thing the Chinese do because the ‘face’ is so important to them, blah, blah, blah … Why then do they cheat and steal in the first place if they are so afraid of being shamed and “losing face”? Answer: Because they have no shame; therefore, losing face was never the issue.

      • TheSpeakerOfTruth

        “that is the line that reveals the basic difference between them and us isn’t it?”

        The difference is that they actually catch and prosecute cheaters.

        “The students who hired ringers registered to take the exam at
        different high schools from the ones they attended, so that their
        teachers would not realize what was going on.

        Among the new defendants, those accused of taking the test for money
        were Joshua Chefec, 20; Adam Justin, 19; Michael Pomerantz, 18; and
        George Trane, 19.”

        Look at those exotic Oriental names, “Chefec”, “Justin”, “Pomerantz”, “Trane”. No doubt they dyed their hair black and taped their eyes for the job.

        “It is also unfair to stop them from spying on the U.S., and other white countries.”

        Have you been following the Snowden affair at all?

        • TheSpeakerOfTruth

          Do you know what the word “perception” means? That index is compiled by a
          bunch of whites asking other whites which country they think is
          corrupt. And even you admit Singapore and Hong Kong are at the top of
          the list.

          “as one case doesn’t prove a rule”

          Unless the one case is Chinese, then it proves every rule, right?

  • borogirl54

    It is not surprising. Memorization is virtue on these tests in China as in Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Success on these tests in based on the ability to regurgitate memorized information on the exam. Most of these students attend special cram schools after school to get prep help for the test.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      “Success on these tests in based on the ability to regurgitate memorized information on the exam.”
      And rote memorization of disconnected facts does not build skills such as summarizing or inferring.
      In Japan, it is not only the school system, the whole culture is based on memorization without analysis. Adults memorize expressions they repeat at work. Speeches are read directly from the paper, etc.

  • Erasmus

    According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China,…

    Remember this the next time you read about poisonous food and toxic clothing and toys coming from China.

    BTW, how honest are Asian students really here?

    • borogirl54

      These students are highly recruited by US colleges because they are able to pay out of state tuition in cash. Before they come to the US anyway, the have to pass the TOEFL test (test of English as a foreign language). I guess they cheat on that too.

    • Sick of it

      Not sure what to say re: honesty, but I have noticed little in their favor but for exceptional memories. They were bred for exceptional memories.

  • The__Bobster

    The paddy waders also cheat the same way on SAT tests to get admission to American colleges. With them, the only thing that matters is winning, not how you won. American students are at a distinct disadvantage.

  • mobilebay

    Ah, so! Not so inscrutable, these orientals.

  • IKantunderstand

    I loathe the Chinese. Gee, I wonder why Peta just doesn’t have an anti-Chinese campaign. Getting rid of the Chinese, would eliminate 80% of the problems with animal cruelty and protected species. Seems to me that Greenpeace ought to join the anti-Chinese movement. If we rid the planet of the Chinese, think how much better the earth would be. Reduced air pollution, less population strain on the environment, no toxic pet food, toys, building materials, and no more being freaked out by having to look at the creepy little bastards. Yuck! Those eyes. They look like space aliens.

    • TheSpeakerOfTruth

      “Getting rid of the Chinese, would eliminate 80% of the problems with animal cruelty and protected species.”

      Actually, it would barely make a dent – given the extent of white factory farming, and bestiality.

      • Last I checked, whites aren’t factory farming endangered species for traditional “medicine”.

        • TheSpeakerOfTruth

          Last I checked, a handful of small farmers killing a few animals is not factory farming. If the Chinese are really capable of factory farming endangered species, I’d like a unicorn steak right about now.

          You don’t seem to have a concept of scale.

          • And you don’t seem to grasp the concept that factory farming in no way threatens the extinction of chickens.

          • TheSpeakerOfTruth

            Look at his quote. “animal cruelty”

            Killing a billion animals in a horrific manner isn’t any less “cruel” because chickens aren’t endangered.

  • God forbid China should cultivate flexible thinking as a cultural virtue to replace elements of Confucianism! They might actually develop environmentalism and animal conservation movements instead of polluting their own rivers and lakes, slaughtering endangered species and overfishing international waters (as well as other nation’s Exclusive Economic Zones).

    Wasn’t there a similar incident in India (Mumbai, I think) several years ago, in which university undergrads rioted in order to safeguard their right to cheat on exams?

    • TheSpeakerOfTruth

      Last I checked waters aren’t “international” just because a thief (probably the Philippines, in your case) says so.

      • The 200 mile EEZ concept was agreed to by international treaties that China signed. Evidently a Chinese signature on a treaty is worth approximately what Adolf’s was.

        • TheSpeakerOfTruth

          Except the EEZ extends from your natural territory, and the islands you’re referring to are in fact Chinese territory. Don’t use this dispute as a proxy for the Pinnacle Islands. I can only imagine your waifu is instructing you to do so. They’re wrong there, as well.

      • Irishgirl

        Enough with the “last I checked” … you need to check again.

        • TheSpeakerOfTruth

          Just did. Still right.

  • JackKrak

    Let this be another illustration of something a lot of people don’t realize because they grow up with it & assume it’s the same everywhere – the concept of fair play, honesty in competition, etc. is very much a WASP-y idea.

  • TheSpeakerOfTruth

    Correlates well with data from Japan showing a rising IQ

  • TheSpeakerOfTruth

    You didn’t invent anything – a tiny white elite did, while employing tricks like outsourcing and H1B. You love to rail against them when it suits you, but they’re playing you for fools.

    Please, tell me how you feel about Mr. Gates and his support of H1B.

    • TheSpeakerOfTruth

      White racial logic: those that directly contravene our interests are part of our race when it suits our egos.

      The
      lowly uncreative East Asians cast those demons out regardless of how
      talented or beautiful they may be. Guess they still have a lot to
      copy/steal etc from your great race.

    • I got 79 US and foreign patents awarded for a small startup and the company didn’t have any H-1bs.

      • TheSpeakerOfTruth

        That’s great Michael, Chinese people have written 10,000-20,000 patents a year for the United States for decades. I don’t know where you’re going with this besides just bragging, as I’ve seen you post something similar years before.

        • Ten to twenty thousand isn’t a great performance when one pro-rates that by population.

          • TheSpeakerOfTruth

            These are primarily Chinese Americans, Michael. i.e I’m talking about domestically sourced patents.

  • gemjunior

    That’s crazy.

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Amren calling Engelman, do you read me, do you read me …..

  • Paleoconn

    The cheating kids and teachers must have read the how-to manual of the Atlanta school board.

  • Paleoconn

    They copy everything. They are derivative. Nothing they do of value is original.

  • Camielle Belle Poole

    Oh please. Everyone knows Asians are cheats. SO many cheating busts at my high school. That’s how they excel.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    “The invigilators wasted no time in using metal detectors to relieve students of their mobile phones and secret transmitters, some of them designed to look like pencil erasers.”
    “Outside the school, meanwhile, a squad of officials patrolled the area to catch people transmitting answers to the examinees. At least two groups were caught trying to communicate with students from a hotel opposite the school gates.”

    Lmfao. Wtf. They use the same equipment to cheat that the Cia and mossad use to spy? If you put that much time and effort into cheating, why not just sit down and learn the damn material, and maybe even better yourself in the end? This–> “They copy everything. They are derivative. Nothing they do of value is original.” and this –> “Let this be another illustration of something a lot of people don’t realize because they grow up with it & assume it’s the same everywhere – the concept of fair play, honesty in competition, etc. is very much a WASP-y idea.” That sums it all up. The only reason they stand out is because they have the highest average iq. But people fail to note that they have a low standard-deviation, which makes them all essentially a nation of averages, marked at around 104 (which is not that high). Last time I tested I was at 142. People give them way too much credit. They just show what a nation of averages can accomplish: not too bad, but not too impressive either when you apply a healthy dose of scrutiny.