The exams authority has vowed to crack down on cheating after a rise in the number of candidates breaking the rules in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. This year, 2,467 candidates violated regulations and 11 were found to have cheated during the exams, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority revealed yesterday. Of the 11 students who cheated, two were disqualified from the entire examination and nine were disqualified from the subjects concerned. Last year, 2,207 students violated exam rules and two candidates cheated. Authority secretary general Francis Cheung Wing-ming said the two disqualified candidates were both found deliberately cheating. 'We don't normally reveal details of how candidates cheated, but with these two cases, it's worthy to note that the candidates carried materials on the subject with them into the examination centres. This included crib sheets with information to aid the cheats,' he said. Margaret Hui Yuen-ching, the authority's general manager of school examinations and assessment, pledged that the authority would press schools to crack down on cheating, but stressed that most candidates were honest. 'We will maintain close contact with schools to strengthen education of the importance of integrity and remind them of the severe punishment for cheating,' she said. Among the 2,467 candidates who broke exam regulations this year, 1,888 attended listening tests late or did not bring a radio, radio batteries or earphones for the tests. Another 176 were found using calculators that did not meet the regulations, 167 disobeyed the rules for use of mobile phones and 138 broke time instructions. A further 82 students brought unauthorised materials with them into the exams and five were found taking photos in the exam centre or taking away unused barcode labels.