By Razaullah Wazir.
“Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else.” James E. Faust
“We are more likely to cheat if we see others doing so. We tend to conform to accepted norms of reasonable behaviour, rather than adhere to strict rules.” Evan Davis
The secret of success of the developed countries lies in the better education system which creates bright minds. Those developed countries paid attention on education and the result is before us. On the other hand, we pushed education back and the result is before us.
Cheating which is a disease. It is the killer of the talent and poison for creation and thinking minds. It stops minds from growing. This is the havoc to the future of the generation.
Cheating is prevailed in our examination system all over KPK in general but Bannu in particular.
I am putting down what I observed and still observing. When the exams especially Matric draw close, the owners of the private and government schools start to collect extra money than the exam fee from the students. The exam fee for matric is almost 1700 but here in schools it is collected 5000 Rs. but in some schools more than this. They have made a business from schools. They collect the money from the students on the promise that free environment will provided for cheating in exam.
They collect the money with purpose to spend it on examination duty staff in shape of palatable meals, gifts, clothes, spray and in cash.
The owners of the schools first try to “buy” the superintendent and deputy superintendent and then the other staff. Almost they succeed in their purpose but if there is any honest amongst the staff who repudiates the “offer” and to obey them, he is intimidated and even abused, insulted and beaten.
Papers are made out. Papers are solved from outside. Fresh and hot copies of micro are given to the students. Photostat machines are installed nearby the schools.
So this was the bird’s eye-view of the examination hall only.
Now we discuss the flawed system of the board.
Most duties of the staff for exams are assigned on approach. Even it is said, not sure, that higher-ups in the board are given the cars of high cost by the owners. This is the grim picture of the Bannu board situation.
Some simple solutions to curb this menace which arise in my mind are:
- CCTV cameras should be installed in the exam hall (This time board administration announced to install the cameras)
- The appointment of the board administration members must be on merit not on political affiliation.
- Some proper method be devised for assignment of the exam duty staff, those teachers who have been found consecutively on duties should be banned further for duty.
- Security should be given to the staff so that they may perform their duty without being interfered by the schools’ owners.
- Media should be given access to the exam halls.
- Teams from Board should be sent on daily basis to monitor the hall situation.
Once Abraham Lincoln’s son asked him if he (the son) failed, Abraham said:
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
Abraham wrote to his son’s teacher about how to educate children.
A Letter From Abraham Lincoln To His Son’s Teacher
My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.
So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.
Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.
Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.
Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tell him they are wrong.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to every one, but teach him also to filters all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.
This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son.
We cross our fingers and wish our society created such fathers.
The writer specializes in English Literature and Linguistics from UST Bannu.He is an academician and govt teacher. He hails from Baka Khel, Bannu, having keen interest in academic, social and political developments. He follows Bacha Khan’s philosophy of non-violence and believes in emancipation through literacy and empowerment of women.