School's Out

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Students use computers at a multimedia room at RMIT International University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

A visitor to Hanoi University earlier this month might have been forgiven for thinking the tree-shaded campus was preparing for a riot. Moments after a school bell rang out, a tall metal barricade was rolled into place. Dozens of police and uniformed security officials assumed positions at the entrances to the campus, and students were searched for cell phones and other forbidden objects as they entered their classrooms.

The reason for this heightened security? The authorities were guarding against cheating in high-stakes university entrance exams. When the testing concluded on July 16, a total...

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