Flagrant cheating occurred on Friday when students sat for the annual college examinations in Hunan province, state media reported. The students' behaviour in Hunan's Jihe county was videotaped by reporters from China Central Television. On screen, some students were seen using notes before passing the answers to others. It was the second blatant case of exam cheating reported by official media. On Sunday, Guangzhou's New Evening Express said dozens of students in Guangdong's Dianbai County rented pagers to receive answers. In Hunan, the test centre situation was described as 'chaotic' but examiners turned a blind eye to it all. The journalists said many students carried on with their papers even after the bell had rung and examiners took no action. Officials in Guangdong yesterday said nine suspects were under investigation. Students in Dianbai paid up to 3,000 yuan (HK$2,727) per subject for pager-transmitted answers.