Police in southeast China’s Jiangxi province arrested two university students who took a university entrance test for other people, Apple Daily reported on Monday.
The alleged impostors were arrested while sitting the the two-day National Higher Education Entrance Examination, after an undercover journalist exposed the identity fraud.
The journalist, from Southern Metropolis Daily, also took the exam as part of the mainland newspaper’s expose on a criminal syndicate that hires university students to sit the annual exam taken by as many as 9.4 million high school graduates across the mainland.
He said he told the exam inspector to order the arrest of the impostors five minutes before the end of the session for the first day of the test.
According to the Guangzhou-based newspaper, at least six people, including the journalist, took the exams at No. 10 Nanchang Secondary School using fake identity cards and examination permits.
It was not clear why only two of the alleged impostors were arrested.
One of the surrogate examinees told the undercover reporter that his fee depended on the exam score, and that he was paid more than 100,000 yuan (US$16,100) if the student he was taking the test for gained entrance into major universities in Hubei’s capital city of Wuhan.
An arrested suspect, surnamed Li, said he began taking entrance exams for others four years ago when he was still a freshman, adding that he had made quite a fortune out of it.
The Ministry of Education said in a statement it would file criminal charges against the offenders, adding that the fabrication of identification cards and exam permits as well as the hiring of replacements to sit the exams would result in disqualification and temporary suspension from taking the national exams.
The ministry has told Jiangxi police and education authorities to look deeper into the case.
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