At the risk of sounding like a prissy old school mistress, a nerd and someone who’s got to get a life, I hate it when students cheat in examinations.
Maybe this syndrome is hereditary, ‘coz my mom is a teacher, or just because I believe it to be a grave injustice to those who have slogged their asses to study compared to those who partake in unfair activities to clear exams. And the worst is when they boast about how so amazingly brainy and dexterous they are! I could punch them, and hard.
Now if they would apply their smartness to studying just a little bit more there would be an additional benefit of gaining some knowledge, wouldn’t it? Otherwise what is the point of acquiring a degree about which you don’t know peanuts?
Cheating is really a shot in the dark. If a student by mistake peeks into someone’s paper who is surely drowning, imagine what a fool he has made of himself. Oh and it would be more imprudent to ask a disciplinarian who is strictly against plagiarizing. He is inviting a complaint against him, or worst – getting a wrong answer :P.
I believe that students copy when they do not care, either about the study matter or about the significance of it in their lives. More importantly, it indicates that most people have no respect for abstract values such as honesty and integrity. I would go so far to say that my generation believes in getting results through any means possible. It doesn’t matter how these results are obtained, they do not mind stooping to any level. Somehow they are unable to comprehend how risky it is to be driven entirely by rewards, and not by motives. It is so easy to enslave them by luring them with such incentives.
Wow, I really sound like a big bore don’t I :|?
A friend of mine, R who also appeared for the Final CA exams with me, claims to have mastered the art of copying. Now, he is extremely hardworking and focused when it comes to studies, but still he wouldn’t refrain from the occasional roving if he had the opportunity. I don’t understand that. If he has worked for it why would he want to demean himself by participating in cheating? So we were placed in the same exam centre, he was on the first bench and I was a few places behind him. I swear I would have thrown something at his head (if I had the guts to do so in the middle of an exam) when he unleashed his so called talent. And then that irritating gloat on his face, I was actually flexing my arms, before he ran away sensing that his life or worst, his face were in grave danger :P.
I do admire the boldness these people have to take such risks. But I just don’t see the point, or rather refuse to see it. How much difference can a few marks make? What is the probability that a couple of marks acquired by this means will differentiate between a pass and fail? Hardly anything. If you have not studied at all, and you know you are going to fall short, doing so by a few more marks is hardly going to make any earth shattering impact on your report card. A fail is a fail is a fail. There are no two ways about it.
Anyways, coming back to R, when the invigilator shouted, “First bench, look into your own paper”, it really warmed my heart ;)!