Already, surveillance drones and metal detectors are deployed to catch those smuggling in illicit radio equipment, while iris and fingerprint scanners ferret out brainy stooges paid to sit the test in lieu of the bona fide student.
Read More: Now, though, those caught cheating will be banned from repeating the test for several years, while anyone caught facilitating mass cheating or paying someone else to sit the test on their behalf can face up to seven years in prison.
ABC News notes that the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau is investigating.
School leavers are assessed on their Chinese, mathematics, English and another subject of their choosing, though accusations of mass cheating have been rife in recent years, even involving alleged organized syndicates between teachers and pupils.
In 2013, there was a riot at one school when invigilators tried to halt brazen exam fraud.
When China's Jian River turned red in 2011, it was traced to a company that was illegally dumping red dye into the waterway.
The Yangtze River had a similar incident, back in 2012, which was thought to have been caused by silt in the river.
On Thursday morning, a river in eastern China suddenly turned a bloody shade of red, according to unverified reports by ABC News, China News, Shanghaist, and others.
"Local residents say the river was running normally at 4am, but it started to redden at around 6am, and in no time turned as crimson as blood," China Radio International reported.