Universities step up measures to counter 'digital cheating'
Thursday 03rd March, 03:36 AM JST
The recent revelation of suspected cheating during exams by using digital devices has prompted many universities in Japan to consider new measures to prevent such misconduct in upcoming entrance exams later this month, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday.
Some of the universities polled are planning to make test takers put their cell phones in prepared envelopes and place them on their desks or in their bags, but many were cautious about asking students not to bring any handsets into the exam rooms, according to the survey.
An official of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies said, ‘‘Our taking thorough countermeasures will help test takers feel secure.’‘
Ochanomizu University and the University of Kitakyushu are considering keeping records of test takers who go to the restroom during exams.
Education minister Yoshiaki Takaki proposed an immediate ban on cell phones from examination rooms but institutes such as Hokkaido University and the University of the Ryukyus think it unrealistic.
Kyodo polled public universities in Japan, which hold entrance exams before the next academic year starts on April 1, after the recent revelation that a test taker is suspected of seeking the answers to questions via the Internet when exams were under way at four universities, including one of the country’s top universities in Kyoto.