Cheating during exams is nothing new. Only the method of cheating changes over time. It used to be that you would write the answers on your arm, or roll up the answers and stuff them inside your pen, but these days it can be high tech.
And so cheating has reached whole new levels. In fact, a report from BuzzFeed has revealed that some universities are banning watches from the exam hall, requiring students take them off before sitting down for their exam.
Universities are worried that some of these watches might be smartwatches that can connect to the internet, which would allow the students to cheat. Whther by accessing the internet or by sending messages to friends outside who could then help them.
London’s City University says that while not all watches are smartwatches, checking every single watch is impossible. So I guess it is easier just to not allow them at all. Back in 2012 some students disguised their mobile phones as wrist watches then used them to cheat in exams. Even if they ban watches, students will just find other ways to cheat. If cheating is on the rise, maybe we should ask ourselves why and try to adjust the teaching accordingly.
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