Chinese students have been banned from wearing bras in a move to stop cheating in one of the world’s toughest exams.
Any items of clothing containing metal – including bras with under wires or metal clasps – will set off the detector causing students to be stopped from entering the test.
Students with pacemakers or other metal implants in their body, including fillings, will have to provide a certificate from a hospital.
Those who fail a second test will not be able to sit the competitive exam, which will be sat by around 9million students today and tomorrow – and is seen as a make-or-break in terms of getting ahead.
The move is being pioneered by education authorities in Jilin Province, in north east China, who have dubbed it the ‘silent gaokao’ because the aim is that no students will set off the metal detector.
Teachers have held drills in schools to prepare students for the security checks and issued guidance on what to wear, including choosing shoes without metal eyelets and wearing tracksuit bottoms rather than trousers with metal buttons or zips.
Girls have been advised that sports bras without any metal clasps are allowed.
Last year police arrested more than 1,500 students for cheating and stealing exam papers, and seized more than 60,000 electronic devices, the China Daily reported at the time.
And in 2009 teachers in Jilin Province were caught selling cheating gadgets to students.
Many students and parents welcomed the move although some thought it was going too far
One, whose surname is Tang, told China’s People’s Daily Online: ‘Any inconvenience caused to achieve the fairness in the gaokao is understandable.’
But a parent whose daughter will sit the exam tomorrow was frustrated by the policy.
‘I just bought my daughter a new bra and we don’t need to buy other clothes,’ the parent told the newspaper.
‘It’s been heard province-wide that in some counties, the problem of cheating is severe and many of us parents think it’s unfair for children. I hope the policy is not just a formality.’
Culled from Dailymail.co.uk