Sunday, March 06, 2011

Japanese Uni student shows App-titude for wiki-uni-leaks

Student under arrest admits uploading 4 universities' entrance exam questions and Student arrested for posting exam questions online hid mobile phone between legs
A 19-year-old student, arrested for uploading Kyoto University entrance exam questions to an online bulletin board, has admitted responsibility for the online leakage of questions in three other universities' entrance exams he took, police sources said.

The 19-year-old stands accused of using a mobile phone to upload questions in the entrance examination of Kyoto University to the "Yahoo Chiebukuro" ("Yahoo pearls of wisdom") online bulletin board on Feb. 26, adversely affecting the fair implementation of the exam and obstructing the institution's operations.

This is reportedly the first time that law enforcers have formed a [criminal] case against someone who cheated in a school examination on suspicion of obstruction of business.

"I was sitting in a corner of the examination site, so I thought it was out of the proctors' line of vision. I did it repeatedly."

Kyoto Prefectural Police plan to re-enact the exam, paying attention to the student's position in the classroom and the placement of the exam supervisor, to determine whether it would have been possible for him to operate the phone without being noticed. They also plan to question the exam supervisor.

Guambat is impressed that the kid's name wasn't released. Very unAmerican, that. And maybe a factor that will mitigate suicide tendencies, let's hope.

But there's more to this story, in a very Japanesey way, too.

Kyoto U. faces backlash, charges of irresponsibility in wake of exam cheat's arrest
Following a preparatory school student's arrest over the recent online leak of entrance exam questions at Kyoto University, the elite school has come under fire from the public for not only failing to prevent the cheating but underlining its position as the "victim."

According to Kyoto University's public relations section, after the arrest of the 19-year-old student of a Sendai prep school was reported on the news on the afternoon of March 3, the university was flooded with angry phone calls, with most of them claiming that the school was too lax in monitoring the test takers or that its decision to file a complaint with police over the leak was wrong. Some also reportedly argued that arresting the culprit over cheating was "going too far," showing pity for the prep school student.

Meanwhile, Kyoto University's handling of the situation has also irked some at the Kyoto Prefectural Police.

"I seriously wonder why the university overlooked the supervisors' failure and immediately left everything to police. Without even conducting an in-house investigation, the school is probably just evading its responsibility in a bid to avoid criticism," one high-ranking Kyoto Prefectural Police officer commented.

On March 3, Kyoto University President Hiroshi Matsumoto attended a press conference for the first time since the leak was detected on Feb. 26.

"We always monitor exam takers properly," Matsumoto said, raising his voice. "If it's an Internet crime that occurred outside (Kyoto University exam supervisors') area of responsibility, we have to take (legal) action."



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