Bangkok students asked to wear anti-cheating helmets

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anti-cheat-helmetAlright, it’s midterm time, strap on your paper helmets so that you don’t cheat on your exams.

And that’s exactly what students at Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok are doing. In an effort to curb rampant cheating, the school has implemented an anti-cheating paper helmet for students to wear during midterm exams. The helmet is equipped with a strap on the head piece along with two large papers on the side of each ear that are meant to block peripheral vision of would-be cheaters.

The device was unofficially unveiled on the KU Student Administrative Board Facebook page, where nearly 100 KU students were pictured wearing the hats in an examination room.The board explained that the anti-cheating hats were considered necessary due to the small room size and that many of the students taking the exam were sitting close to each other.

As soon as the picture came up on the Facebook page, it was quickly taken down, but not before a user named Thanut Udomhirun on the Bangkok news site Coconuts captured a screen shot.The picture of the fixated students with the odd head wear quickly went viral, which sparked mixed online reactions. The KU Student Administrative Board issued an apology statement for igniting the controversy; since the picture drew some negative reactions with many feeling the helmet demeaned the students.

Thammasat University political scientist Kasian Tejapira said that he “felt pity” about what he saw in the picture.

“Using hats to prevent cheating was unheard of, even in high schools. The anti-cheating helmets may be an indication of poor education,”  he said.

Sangsit Piriyarangsan, dean of the College of Social Innovation at Rangsit University, said the practice was “excessive and unnecessary” and that the picture “damaged the university’s reputation and reflected a failure of the education system.”

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Alright, it’s midterm time, strap on your paper helmets so that you don’t cheat on your exams.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

anti-cheat-helmetAlright, it’s midterm time, strap on your paper helmets so that you don’t cheat on your exams.

And that’s exactly what students at Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok are doing. In an effort to curb rampant cheating, the school has implemented an anti-cheating paper helmet for students to wear during midterm exams. The helmet is equipped with a strap on the head piece along with two large papers on the side of each ear that are meant to block peripheral vision of would-be cheaters.

The device was unofficially unveiled on the KU Student Administrative Board Facebook page, where nearly 100 KU students were pictured wearing the hats in an examination room.The board explained that the anti-cheating hats were considered necessary due to the small room size and that many of the students taking the exam were sitting close to each other.

As soon as the picture came up on the Facebook page, it was quickly taken down, but not before a user named Thanut Udomhirun on the Bangkok news site Coconuts captured a screen shot.The picture of the fixated students with the odd head wear quickly went viral, which sparked mixed online reactions. The KU Student Administrative Board issued an apology statement for igniting the controversy; since the picture drew some negative reactions with many feeling the helmet demeaned the students.

Thammasat University political scientist Kasian Tejapira said that he “felt pity” about what he saw in the picture.

“Using hats to prevent cheating was unheard of, even in high schools. The anti-cheating helmets may be an indication of poor education,”  he said.

Sangsit Piriyarangsan, dean of the College of Social Innovation at Rangsit University, said the practice was “excessive and unnecessary” and that the picture “damaged the university’s reputation and reflected a failure of the education system.”

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