Chinese schools ban bras to thwart exam cheats
EDUCATION chiefs in northeast China have devised a new tactic to clamp down on cheating in the country's annual university entrance exams: they have banned bras.
Before this week's gaokao – the equivalent to the Leaving Cert – schools in Jilin province have outlawed any metal object or item of clothing that sets off detectors being installed outside exam halls.
The measure is reportedly an attempt to prevent increasingly brazen and sophisticated cheats from sneaking listening devices or transmitters into the exam.
A letter sent to candidates' parents said: "When students and staff enter the exam venue they will have their clothes, accessories, shoes, hats and any carry-ins strictly checked by professionals and will only be allowed to enter if the equipment does not set off an alarm."
Therefore, any article that contains metal and can trigger beeping from the security machines will become obstacles for the candidates."
Bras with metal clips were banned, Xinhua reported.
Last year, according to the 'China Daily', more than 60,000 electronic devices were seized, including plastic earphones, wireless signal receivers, modified pens, watches, glasses and leather belts. (©Daily Telegraph, London)