March 1, 2011

Japanese University Shocked By Real Time Internet Cheating

Last week questions from entrance exam to prestigious Kyoto University appeared on a popular website and answers were being received, during the test itself. One or more persons are suspected to have used one handle, "aicezuki," to cheat on tests by posting from cell phones at Kyoto University and three other top universities in Japan. Braintrack reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThis is unprecedented, and we still don't know how exactly it was possible," a spokesman for Kyoto University told the Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times reported that Japan's Education Ministry said it may ban cell phones and other devices at test sites. Japan's largest daily, Yomiuri Shimbun, noted that Kobe University asked students to turn off phones and place them in a specially designated area during its second stage of exams. The article also said that some observers believed it would be difficult to prevent all students from bringing devices into test rooms.

The scandal has gained national attention because of Japan's intensely competitive academic climate where a degree from a top university is a virtual guarantee of a well-paid position, said the AFP.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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