WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An Indian private school, Bhagat Pre-University College, drew backlash online after a photo got out showing its students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads during an exam.
- The cardboard boxes only had a face hole cut out and obscured the students’ side vision to prevent them from copying from others’ test papers.
- The school’s management issued a written apology, assuring that the anti-cheating experiment was optional and that they informed the students’ parents in advance.
A private school in India received backlash after a photo got out showing its students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads during an exam.
Bhagat Pre-University College, located in Haveri, Karnataka, conducted the anti-cheating experiment on Oct. 16 during a chemistry test.
The boxes only had a face hole cut out and obscured the students’ side vision. According to a CNN report, the boxes were meant to prevent students from copying from others’ test papers.
When a school employee shared the photos online, several social media users expressed their disgust over the practice.
S. Suresh Kumar, the current minister for Primary & Secondary Education of the Government of Karnataka, condemned the practice as “totally unacceptable.”
Kumar tweeted, “Nobody has any right to treat anybody more so students like animals. This pervertion [sic] will be dealt with aptly.”
This is totally unacceptable. Nobody has any right to treat anybody more so students like animals. This pervertion will be dealt with aptly. https://t.co/y69J0XcTA6
— S.Suresh Kumar, Minister – Govt of Karnataka (@nimmasuresh) October 18, 2019
M.B. Sateesh, the school’s management head, informed CNN that the college issued a written apology to the local authorities following the incident. They also assured that they informed the students’ parents in advance and that the experiment was optional.
Sateesh told the news outlet, “They said they were comfortable with the trial. The college did not harass any student, it was optional and some [students] experimented, some did not.”