Students Cheating In Exams
I once interviewed a high school student for a job, who said she had passes in mathematics and English; After the interview I told her she could not have had passes in those subjects.
She admitted that she cheated, a close friend passed the answers on to her; but my question is -why was she allowed to take the exam in the first place, she obviously was not up to standard.
My second question was why did the supervisor of exams not see the error and why did the school not investigate? Surely a student can’t become brilliant overnight.
Students may cheat if they lack confidence in themselves; Some of the top students do not fear well in exams; they panic and anxiety steps in; Some are just too lazy to adequately prepare for exams.
I attended high school with a grade A student who had a unique problem; he was gifted with a photographic memory; but had problems passing exams; he was offering too much irrelevant information. History was my favorite subject, and I even placed a bet with him that I will get a higher grade than he would; history was also his favorite subject. Sad to say, he lost the bet, he failed; but did pass on the second attempt.
The bet was made as an attempt to motivate him to stick to the questions.
The pressure on students to pass exams can also be a factor; especially from parents and the community.
How much should teachers take responsibility? Proper supervision and diligent observation should act as a deterrent; but unfortunately sometimes pressure is also placed on teachers to produce a high percentage of passes, which might encourage them to look the other way.
Unfortunately It is the students that suffer the most, first and foremost they are cheating themselves whether they are caught or not and worse still the stigma may last a lifetime if they get caught.
We have seen stories of exams having to be canceled, because of leakages of the exam papers.
A report I have just read top the list. Four Countries blocked access to the Internet for 2 hours while students were taking exams.
Access To Intenet Blocked
Algeria, Iraq, India and Ethiopia has blocked access to the Internet for the duration of exams in order to combat student cheating. Can you imagine the impact on a country like USA or Canada where digital communication is a vital part of economic activity; Panic and Chaos will set in.
The global system of education has remained the same for the last 80 years or more. The time has come for a new-look system; Routine assessment during the lifetime of a course and creative activity as part of exams should be examined carefully.
This will be beneficial to all those students who fall apart during exams and the value of cheating is diminished.
Spot The Creative Mind
Can You Read Me
The following letters represent a sentence
Find the sentence
The sentence consists of 6 words- 5. 2, 4. 5. 3. 8.- not necessarily in that order.
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