College entrance exam ghostwriters face punishment

China’s national education authority is requiring all institutions and bureaus involved in the newly exposed gaokao ghostwriter scandal in Henan province to work together with public security bureaus, writes Zheng Jinran for China Daily – and has warned of harsh penalties for people involved.

"Any people involved in the scandal will receive severe punishment, to guarantee the fairness and justness of the national exam," said the announcement last week by the Ministry of Education on its official micro blog. The ministry has already sent special teams to Henan and Hubei provinces. The admissions office of Henan said it had launched a joint investigation with the local public security bureau.

So far, Henan province has discovered 127 surrogate exam-takers in the gaokao, the national college entrance examination, according to the announcement from the admissions office. Several people claiming to be teachers at universities in Wuhan, Hubei province, have organised college students to be ghostwriters for the real exam applicants in Henan province, according to a report from China Central Television last Tuesday.
Full report on the China Daily site