This weekend a life-altering exam is underway in China. Since this exam is a student’s way into college, there are candidates out there who are not leaving it up to chance. But the government has deployed drones for its exam surveillance, in order to keep the exams free from cheating.
The “gaokao” is a nation-wide exam that determines which students get to go to college and which do not, so the pressure that is put on the students is beyond imagination. The proportions of this exam are gargantuan, as all the candidates are working hard to exceed their own limits and get a high score.
And since this is happening in China, the home of some of the most determined and creative people in the world, it should be of no surprise that there are study boot camps available or endless study sessions that are taken to whole other level, as the use of oxygen masks and intravenous hydrating become necessary.
Another thing that becomes absolutely imminent is a wide range of high-tech James Bond style gadgets that enable some courageous candidates of the gaokao to cheat their way into college by devising complicated plans to fool the system.
They come armed with invisible earpieces and micro-scanners attached to pens and watches and they send their test questions to their partners, who provide the answers from teachers and then dictate them to the cheaters.
Nevertheless, the surveillance methods are of similar level and so they manage to apprehend the cheaters every time. Every year, this problem is getting more and more complex, as the government needs to be one step ahead of the candidates and whatever they bring to the table.
This exam is unlike anything the Americans have ever seen. During the gaokao the streets to the examination centers are closed and guarded by the police and any construction site that might cause disturbance is silenced regardless of its size. Even airplane traffic is altered so that all disturbances are avoided during examination hours.
This year, the government has introduced a drone that will conduct the examination surveillance. It is aimed to catch any cheater, no matter how brilliant his plan might be because it will be able to detect the signal from any kind of genius gizmo he might be armed with.
“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 meters [1,640 feet] and detect signals over the whole city.” said Radio Supervision and Regulation Bureau representative for Luoyang, Lan Zhigang.
Every year, at least a few thousand cheaters, that each has a seemingly flawless plan that involves some king of high-tech device, are caught by authorities among the 9 million students. This year however, the cheaters will have to up their game considerably, in order to outsmart the drone. For the record, if a student should manage to cheat his way through the gaokao this year, he should probably be admitted into college with a serious scholarship fund.
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