- When I was in school, at least one kid would've figured out how to incorporate the box into his cheating!
We all know how some children cheat on tests. There are many ways to try and deal with it, but India has come up with one of the best… Putting boxes on the children’s heads to make sure they don’t cheat…
Karnataka October 16th
The ‘incident’ took place on Friday the 16th at Bhaga Pre-University College in Haveri, where a staff member posted pictures on twitter of students lined up in a neat little row with cardboard boxes on their heads. State Education Department issued a notification for the college after the pictures went viral.
The boxes had been cut in the front so that the students could see in front of them but could move their heads, similar to blinders used on a horse. Before long the school was facing major criticism on social media. S. Suresh Kumar, the state education minister, said in a tweet that this was ‘unacceptable.‘ “Nobody has any right to treat anybody, more so students, like animals. This perversion will be dealt with aptly,” S. Kumar wrote.
The school’s manager, M.B. Sateesh, said that participating in the ‘experiment’ was optional for the students. Out of the 72 students taking that test, only 56 took part in the ‘experiment.’ “They said they were comfortable with the trial. The college did not harass any student, it was optional and some students experimented, but others did not,” said Sateesh according to CNN. The students brought their own boxes and many took them off after 15-30 minutes, according to Sateesh. The school asked all the students to take off the boxes before the hour of the exam was up.
Why? What Led Them Here?
Last year the school faced a widespread cheating problem. As a result, they came up with the anti-cheating experiments they are trying this year. In India, education is a precious commodity, as it could be the key to get the population out of a vicious cycle of poverty. This means that the student isn’t only pressured to pass the test, but to excel at it, which leads to many cheating. Critics have pointed out that the pressure is the motivator for the student who cheats and the source of poor mental health among the students. According to CNN, 19 students took their own lives after the release of the exam results.