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November 24, 2004

Those Cunning Koreans

Police in South Korea are looking into an alleged conspiracy by students to cheat at exams using mobile phones. The students were taking the national exam for entrance to university - taken by all applicants, for both public and private universities - in the southern city of Gwangju last Wednesday. Students who were strong in certain subjects answered questions and then used their phones to pass them by text message to third parties outside the test area. They in turn passed them on to other test takers. It is believed that up to 100 students were involved and that "brokers" were charging the equivalent of about ¥30,000 per subject. Students under investigation have admitted using the system and paying the fees. Rumors of the cheating (or "kanningu" in Japanese), were circulating before the tests, but checks for phones have been criticized as being too lax.

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