Court Orders Exam Retakes for Students Caught Cheating with High-Tech Vest

The Indian Supreme Court has demanded 630,000 students retake their All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) amid concerns about widespread cheating. One of the most prevalent devices used was a vest which contains a concealed microphone and cellular radio. This can exchange data such as research papers to another person through a traditional SIM card. You can even covertly ask questions into the built-in microphone and hear the response through a minuscule in-ear Bluetooth headset. This makes it quite difficult to detect and relays much more information than writing notes onto your hands. Of course, this isn’t something I am advocating!

An investigation into the scale of cheating produced some shocking results and predict approximately 700 students used the hidden communication tool. In total, 44 candidates were identified and found cheating with the devices being present across Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The AIPMT administers 15% of the seats in the country’s public medical and dental colleges which creates a lot of fierce competition. Additionally, 99.4% of all candidates fail the AIPMT every year and upholds a very high standard. Parents acted in desperation to propel their children into the school and provide a better quality of life. However, cheaters never prosper nor deserve any credit.

The BBC produced a video showing the how the vest works and remarks on the unbelievable quantity of devices out there to acquire the correct answers. India’s educational system is plagued by this notion and gangs can make a profitable business from selling data and devices in huge numbers. Cheating is illegal in India, but this hasn’t deterred students from trying to get away with it!

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Iraq Prevents Exam Cheating by Cutting the Entire Internet

There are many ways to prevent cheating in exams, there is the honour system, extra checks, and verifications – or you can go all out like Iraq did last week where it cut off the internet for the entire country for a couple of hours.

What first looked like something that is reminiscent of censorship in the Islamic state, that wasn’t the case according to Dyn Research. Their data showed that the data streams were interrupted between 5:00 and 8:00. The simple answer to why this happened is cheat prevention.

The nationwide school enrollment tests were going on at that time and the internet cut-off was simply to prevent sharing of the papers. The test is crucial for the continued education and thereby a position in the country which highly increases the incentive to cheat, and the simple way to prevent modern cheating is to simply disable the methods of doing so.

It certainly is an effective way of doing so but is it also the right one? What do you think? Is this maybe a method we should start applying in our parts of the world too or is that just taking it all a step too far? Let us know in the comments.