November 28, 2004

Cheats stir jamming debate

Seoul National University announced last week that it would install devices within its test rooms to block the use of mobile phones, but cancelled its plans on Friday when it said in a statement that it couldn't pursue the plan because of the law, reports JoongAng Daily.

"Even if the purpose is for public benefit and to prevent rampant cheating, it is illegal, so we had to give up our plans," said Kim Wan-jin, director of the admissions administration office.

Someone who attempts to block radio communications waves can be jailed for up to 10 years or fined up to 50 million won.

But recent abuse of communications, such as the cheating that took place in the college scholastic ability test, is prompting calls for changes in the law.

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-- Students held for (Text Message) exam scam

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