The Ministry of Education issues a statement in response to a media report on a scandal related to college entrance exam, or Gaokao, in central China's Henan province on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. [Photo: people.com.cn]
China's educational authorities have quickly responded to a major scandal related to this year's college entrance exam or Gaokao in central China's Henan province, saying it will show no leniency towards those involved in any kind of misconduct.
The Ministry of Education made the statement on Tuesday afternoon, soon after China Central Television aired footage on the same day indicating irregularities during the Gaokao in Henan province
In the secretly filmed video, a parent of a student due to sit the exam allegedly hires a man to sit the exam in place of the child, and advised him on how to deal with the situation if his identity was exposed. The parent tried to assure the person being hired, saying that the exam organizers would not challenge his identity because they had also allegedly been bribed.
According to the footage, it costs at least 70,000 yuan to bribe organizers in one Gaokao venue.
The Higher Education Admission Office of Henan Province said they have reported the case to the Ministry of Public Security for investigation.
The Admission Office also confirmed that 165 student suspects have been identified, including 127 individuals sitting the exam on behalf of others, after comparing Gaokao applicants' ID information with real-time video footage taken during the Gaokao.