Chinese schools have developed yet another sophisticated device to help curb rampant cheating on exams — the newspaper hat.
Photos of 40 students taking a test while donning this latest anti-cheating measure went viral on Chinese social media last month. The images come from a middle school in Chuzhou, Anhui province.
The pictures have spurred debate online about the best ways to crack down on cheating, and on how silly students should be made to look in the interest of integrity.
In China, exams like the yearly gaokao are extremely important for a student’s future, leading many to try and cheat, either by peeking at their neighbor’s work or by utilizing covert technology normally seen in Cold War era spy movies.
In order to better keep an eye on students, many tests are held outside where proctors keep watch with binoculars and even drones. But during last month’s airpocalypse, a Henan middle school happened upon perhaps the most effective anti-cheating technique so far:
[Images via Weibo]
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