Monday, April 28, 2008

Cheating In the Party School

No, not any party school. The Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C. (中共中央党校) is not an ordinary school, the unfortunate English translation not withstanding. It is a school specifically designated to train the next generation of high-level cadres of the Communist Party of China. It is a ritualistic milestone for any person's advancement in a career in the party apparatus and the government leadership.

With a stake thus high, not to mention the fact that candidates have been carefully selected for their characters, one would not expect blatant cheating in this school.

And one would be surprised.

The Party School published a bulletin on April 7, detailing some of the cheating cases it had caught during its graduate school exam this year.

In one case, they intercepted wireless communications between an exam-taker and a helper outside. In two other cases, they found the exam-takers are not who they are supposed to be. They are hired guns. Yet two more cases involve exam-takers smuggling cheat sheets into the exam.

The bulletin indicated that all the above personals have been disqualified. It also mentioned many occasions that exam papers have been illegally marked (presumably to provide a hint to graders). Those are also disqualified.

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