RAWALPINDI: With the advent of digital watches, calculators and smartphones, cheating tactics during exams have also evolved. The practice, however, puts one’s morality and values of honesty and trustworthiness in question.
If students of primary schools and universities cannot be honest in exams, how can one expect politicians of the country to be fair to them? Some examiners and invigilators have long been bribed by those with influence and clout. This is not only the case in board exams, but in various affairs at schools, colleges, universities and almost every institution. Some teachers do not carry out invigilation themselves, they usually send a senior student, lab attendant, librarian or peon to conduct invigilation. Students are least afraid of these invigilators, and they themselves are least bothered and even at times help students with cheating. Nowadays, even competitive exams have become skeptical. Pakistani society is plagued with corruption from top to bottom. I think students cheat out of fear of failing or to secure good grades, and such tendencies should be discouraged. Teachers and parents should not pressure children to bring good grades. The sole purpose of studies should be acquisition of knowledge rather than getting grades.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2018.