KUWAIT CITY, June 1: As the final examination of secondary schools ends on Thursday, and contrary to an unofficial announcement indicating high percentage of success, an academic staff of Kuwait University Dr Ali Bumijdad disclosed that cheating in the exams was extraordinarily extensive.
Dr Bumijdad declared this at a seminar organized to discuss the war against bogus certificates inside the headquarters of Kuwait University Faculty Association. He stressed that students freely engaged in cheating in the absence of close monitoring by Ministry of Education. He indicated a WhatsApp group followed by thousands of people leaked the questions and answers for students of grades 10, 11 and 12.
He asserted the group’s cheating method has dampened the morale of serious students, reaffirming that social media is the most effective channel of cheating at the secondary and tertiary education levels. He pointed out that the situation is so bad that some teachers solve parts of the questions for students and allowed them to exchange answers during exams. He recommended severe punishments for whoever is caught cheating in exams and penalize those who aid cheating.
He suggested the installation of equipment to distort and disconnect communications inside the exam halls, while changing the mechanism of setting questions.
Meanwhile, other speakers at the forum called for the declaration of war against the phenomenon of fake and bogus certificate that is widespread in the state institutions. They suggested filing lawsuits against the perpetrators and informing concerned ministers whenever such certificates are detected.
Several other recommendations and mechanisms for fighting the phenomenon were discussed, while five lawmakers are working on a draft law in that regard to be presented as a matter of urgency.
By Mohammad Al-Foudari Al-Seyassah Staff