As the end of the summer holiday approaches, Chinese elementary and junior high school students increasingly find themselves bogged down with too many school assignments.
However, emerging illegal ghostwriting services offered on different online platforms seem like a great "help" to them.
"Contact customer service -- tell the requirements -- set the price -- mail the notebook -- pay the agreed fee -- get the returned manuscript," that's the chain of the ghostwriting industry, according to a report.
On Taobao, China's largest e-commerce platform, you can find shops undertaking such services.
Ghostwriting advertisements can also be seen on some social media platforms such as Weibo.
College students are reported to be the main force of the ghostwriters. Plenty of time in the summer and the desire to earn pocket money motivate them to "help".
Under the slogan of "burden alleviation," Chinese education authorities have been trying to cut back on homework for primary school students for years.
However, more and more Chinese parents tend to arrange their children's spare time, including vacations, for extracurricular classes. Students apparently can't bear the homework form by both the school and the cram school.