A school in India made its students wear cardboard boxes on their heads in an attempt to prevent cheating. After the picture went viral on social media, the school is now being criticized for this bizarre action.
In an attempt to prevent cheating, this school in India made its students wear cardboard boxes on their heads. After a picture of unusual exam condition went viral, the school had to issue an official apology to the public.
Officials at the Bhagat Pre-University College in the South Indian state of Karnataka asked students to wear cardboard boxes on top of their heads to stop them from looking at the exam papers of their neighbors. The picture shows rows upon rows of students sitting awkwardly with boxes on their heads. Perhaps the idea seems to block the peripheral vision to prevent any unwanted interaction of students during the exam.
The front of the boxes had holes in them. Anyway, one of the aforementioned school officials, MB Satish, said that whilst they apologize for the use of the technique, they did it because they had heard of other schools doing it and fancied giving it a go on an 'experimental basis'. Satish also claims that students consented to the act and he even added that some students taking the exam even brought their own boxes.
He told BBC Hindi: "There was no compulsion of any kind,
"You can see in the photograph that some students were not wearing it.
"Some who wore it removed it after 15 minutes, some after 20 minutes and we ourselves asked them to remove it after one hour."
Also, the school has now stopped the act and has been co-operating with the local education authorities, who are looking into what went on here.
An official from the Haveri district told Indian news agency IANS: "A notice has been issued to Bhagat Pre-University College seeking an explanation for forcing its students wear cardboard boxes while writing exams to prevent them from copying.
"Whatever be the purpose, [the students] cannot be made to wear cartons for writing exams.
"There is no rule or advice from us."