27 Feb '11, 10am

Negative impact of mobile technology and social media: Kyoto Univ exam taker cheats online

TOKYO - JAPAN'S elite universities have had their entrance exams - the most important hurdle in any Japanese student's life - compromised by efforts to seek online help during the tests, they admitted on Sunday. Maths and English questions from the entrance examinations for the prestigious Kyoto University were placed on Yahoo! Japan's question-and-answer service web page on Friday and Saturday. The postings were made under the same user name, 'aicezuki", which does not seem to relate to any common Japanese term, and online answers were soon offered for his or her appeal. A Kyoto University official confirmed that the postings matched questions from their tests. Other top institutions, including the private Waseda and Keio universities, faced similar problems, Japanese media reported on Sunday as the Kyoto incident made front-page headlines. The top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun...

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