Why increase in school cheating?

A student cheating at a school exam

Everyone else is doing it. Why shouldn't you? Why should you get low marks?” replied a high school student when asked about the prevalence of cheating in schools. This student appraisal seems to reflect on the growing trend towards cheating among students during examinations."

While it is true that few students are concerned over the growing trend towards cheating, many are not and regard it as standard practice.

Thus they consider cheating as a necessary evil of the modern life. But what motives these young people to cheat?

Motivation to cheat in examines


One major problem is that the education system has become very competitive. Thus the emphasis is on getting high marks.

No one seems to care what knowledge you get as long as you get good grades - no matter if you get them by cheating.

Since every test counts on one going to college, university or getting a good job, there is a greater emphasis to pass those exams no matter what.

Teachers in general do not condone cheating.

Yet by their lack of adequate supervision during examinations and their refusal to administer discipline where cheating is obvious, students are usually encouraged to continue the practice.

What is even more troubling is that sometimes the teachers are involved in the cheating practice.

Even more disturbing is that these young minds are bombarded with news of scandals and political dishonesty on social and main stream media.

So how can society expect these young students to grow up into men and women of integrity when respected businessmen, politicians, public figures, yes, even teachers are involved in cheating?

True, cheating in school is a disgrace but the real shame is the general moral letdown by grownups whose responsibility it is to raise the children.

In every sphere of influence that a child can observe from the time he or she is old enough to understand, he or she finds fraud, deception and the attitude of getting away with it.

What harm is there in students cultivating such attitudes?

Bad effects of cheating on students


Not only does cheating exert a bad influence on others, but it affects the lives of those who practice it.

To illustrate: What would you think of a runner training for Olympics who had some else do his roadwork and exercise for him? Will he or she be fit for the race? Or would you trust your life in a critical operation to a doctor who received his degree by cheating? You would likely lack confidence in these people ability to perform the task they trained for."

The same applies with students preparing for life. Having someone else do their work robs them of the mental exercise needed to train their minds for future undertakings.

Developing ability to think can be likened to the development of a healthy body. Lack of use tends to wither away the limbs.

Similarly, lack of use of the power of the mind tends to wither away thinking ability.

Further damage that is done to school cheaters is that it paves way for compromise with other forms of wrongdoing.

If a student practices dishonesty while in school, what kind of influence will exert when he leaves school? Will he stop cheating merely because he stopped being a student?

All evidence indicates otherwise.

Cheating in small things leads to cheating in big things. Swindlers in all walks of life are not made overnight. They learn their bad habits over a period of time.

Conclusion


Unless much thought is given to the problem of school cheating, it could nullify any progress achieved by the modernization of the school education systems around the world.

This can be confirmed by the growing number of youths who are delinquent and engaging in unethical practices.

Hence, much effort should be give towards giving students the right orientation when they are still young, even in matters of avoiding cheating in examines.

This will help them can become more productive members of the society.

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