More than 1,000 applicants were caught cheating on China’s civil servant exams, with some using spy technology such as micro-earpieces and wireless transmitters, state media reported yesterday.
More than 300 were caught in the act during the Nov. 30 exam, while about 700 others were deemed to have cheated because their papers “shared much conformity,” Xinhua news agency reported.
The State Bureau of Civil Servants’ announcement that a record number of cheaters were caught highlights the difficulties for the Chinese Communist Party in stamping out rampant corruption among its ranks.
“We can hardly trust these people to cheat only on exams. What if they cheat in the exercise of public power once they are put in a public position?” the English-language China Daily wrote in an editorial yesterday. “Such dishonesty in exams raises suspicions about their motivations to get access to public power.”
Most of the cheaters were caught in Beijing and in Liaoning Province, Xinhua reported.
More than half used technology provided by illegal organizations that provided answers in exchange for money, the newspaper said.
Some high-tech cheaters used carefully disguised wireless transmitters to obtain answers, while others received radio signals through tiny earpieces, Xinhua cited the bureau as saying.
In a country where the authorities maintain firm rule, a position in the public sector is synonymous with power.
Demand for work in the public sector is particularly strong this year as it remains a haven of stability at a time when millions of workers across China face being laid off.
A record 775,000 people took the exam to compete for 13,500 national civil servant jobs.
Cheaters would be disqualified from the exam and in serious cases be barred from retaking civil servant exams for five years, Xinhua reported.
The China Daily wrote that offenders deserved the “severest punishment” and said that in ancient times imperial exam cheats were executed.
“Both designers of the exam system and emperors, who were the top leaders of the government, knew how dangerous it could be to put power in the hands of a corrupt, immoral person,” the paper wrote.
A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect COVID-19 through their keen sense of smell, it said yesterday. Medical Detection Dogs is to work with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Durham University in northeast England to determine whether canines could help with diagnoses. It follows previous research into dogs’ ability to sniff out malaria and is based on a belief that each disease triggers a distinct odor. The organizations said that they had begun preparations to train dogs in six weeks “to help provide a rapid, non-invasive diagnosis towards the tail end
Under partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spaniards are allowed to leave home only for essential outings, walking a dog being one of them, but not a rented dog, the Civil Guard said on Wednesday as it sanctioned a man who had repeatedly tried to rent his dogs out via Facebook so that people could walk them. “The man was advertising activities which implied people leaving their homes to rent dogs, or walk rented dogs,” said a Civil Guard spokeswoman in the northeastern Galicia region. “That would be infringing the decree that only permits going outdoors for work, groceries, walking
Britain’s Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19, but “otherwise remains in good health,” his office said yesterday. The 71-year-old and his wife, Camilla, who does not have coronavirus, are currently self-isolating in Scotland, Clarence House said. “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” it said in a statement, using his official title. “He has been displaying mild symptoms, but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.” “The Duchess of Cornwall [Camilla] has also been tested, but does not have
The water service in Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was suddenly overrun this week with calls from worried residents with a peculiar concern. Were officials really planning to run an antiseptic solution through the city’s taps instead of water? The calls were sparked by a message on social media claiming that: “Today, from 11pm until the morning, antiseptic will be distributed” in the water system. The antiseptic supposedly included several different whiskies — a brand for each district. However outlandish the claim, Odessa’s water agency, Infoxvodokanal, still issued a clarification. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, false news stories have spiked in