The ministries of education and public security have shut down eight websites which allegedly offered unqualified higher education courses and fake academic degrees.

Zhjzw.nease.net–whose name translates into 'China's certificate conferring website'–was shut down in June, the Ministry of Education announced during a press conference Monday. The website, registered in Beijing and Tianjin municipalities two years ago, said it could distribute higher learning academic degrees. Students can enroll through the website, take higher education courses and obtain academic degrees. The website published its address of remittance and account number to lure students.

About 17% of high school graduates attend colleges or universities in China. Those who do not meet the requirements often enroll in adult classes or Internet-based colleges.

The other seven websites shut down by the ministry are: www.chinagdxl.com, www.chsi.net.cn, www.chiedu.com, www.ohsl.com.cn, www.chsis.com, www.sinodxs.com, www.xuelichxun.com.

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