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dateline: 30 October 2019

School in India Uses Cardboard Boxes to Prevent Cheating

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • prevent: to stop; to make it too difficult
  • backlash: a very negative response by many people
  • trial: a test or experiment
  • put an end: to stop the practice
  • install: to place in an area and make ready for use
  • monitor: to watch or check regularly

School in India Uses Cardboard Boxes to Prevent Cheating

A school in India is facing backlash over an anti-cheating experiment involving boxes. Students at Bhagat Pre-University College were invited to bring in their own boxes to wear on their heads while taking an exam. The school said that parents were informed and students were not to participate in the anti-cheating trial. When photos of the test takers were shared over social media, the school agreed to put an end to the experiment. is a major problem in many schools in India where students are often pressured to receive top marks in order to gain entrance to . Other efforts to prevent cheating in India have included installing cameras, hiring police officers to monitor examination rooms, and requiring the of socks and shoes.

Comprehension Questions

1. The boxes the students used for this anti-cheating trial were

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The boxes the students used for this anti-cheating trial were brought from home.

2. The school agreed to stop the experiment due to

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The school agreed to stop the experiment due to photos on social media.

3. One anti-cheating measure that is not mentioned in this report is

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One anti-cheating method that is not mentioned in this report is frisking for cell phones.

Discussion Questions

What tricks have your former classmates used to cheat on tests? What measures have your past teachers taken to prevent cheating?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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