Last week, the Bangkok Rangsit University, one of the leading universities in Thailand, apprehended three female medical students who were using hi-tech gadgets to cheat during their examinations.
According to Aljazeera, the university cancelled its Saturday and Sunday examinations into the medical and dental faculties following this, and has called for a change in state laws to enable them prosecute subsequent offenders. The gadgets used by the students had embedded cameras with which they took snapshots of exam sheets. They proceeded to send the pictures to mercenaries outside the hall to solve the question and send them the answers.
In Nigeria, examination malpractice has been around for a long time and relevant councils have struggled to deal with the menace. In February, WAEC de-listed 25 schools in Lagos State over the same scourge, and three years ago, 113 secondary schools scattered across the country suffered the same fate.
Now, with the advent of high-tech devices, only a discerning supervisor would be able to tell the silent drama going on in an exam hall. For Thailand, three more students were caught the following Saturday, and investigations revealed that a group of students were charging their fellow students thousands of dollars just to help them cheat.
“Exam cheating is not a minor offence. It’s the start of other criminal offences,” the university administrator Kittisak Tripipatpornchai told Al Jazeera. “If we don’t have law or tough measures to deal with this, our education system will never be competitive with other countries.”
The rise of malpractice is traced to the fact that certain countries, like Nigeria, insist on exam scores as the only criterion for admission, hence, cases of malpractice keep increasing.
Now, with high-tech devices, we might as well guess that the scourge will burst through the roof if students in Nigeria begin to employ such methods, if they aren’t already.
What do you think?