The Chinese government recently took steps to curb the rampant cheating that goes on during the university entrance exams in one of their high schools.
As the local government put it, “some students did not take it well.” Which is their nicey-nice way of saying, it turned into an all-out riot involving students and parents.
Apparently, cheating is pretty standard with students and parents in China. The tests are legendarily difficult and failure isn’t an option. If you pass with a high score you get into the best universities. If not, you’ll probably end up on the wrong end of the tech industry assembling phones for two yuan an hour.
So the pressure to pass the exams is pretty high and with the children of politicians and rich people getting a pass, parents and students have resorted to cheating. And this isn’t amateur hour stuff either, no crib notes written in a four-point font or secretly using a calculator watch. Students have gone as far as to use transmitters disguised as pencil erasers.
If all this cheating seems extreme, remember that students in China are training for elite careers that involve holding your boss hostage. If you don’t go the extra mile with NSA-like subterfuge, you are not going to get that raise.