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A culture of cheating

  • Published at 06:03 pm November 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:25 pm November 27th, 2017
A culture of cheating

As news of more question paper leaks comes to the surface, it becomes evident that Bangladeshi education needs fixing, badly.

Each time this happens, we are reminded that the problem is not just one of leaks, but a broader one concerning the quality of education being supplied in the first place.

It is nothing if not alarming that government officials as well as school and university authorities are all part of the syndicate which creates these leaks.

This is an utterly unacceptable way for the education system to function and, frankly, is a national embarrassment.

What this has succeeded in creating is a culture of cheating and dishonesty, where even the brightest students are susceptible to becoming pawns in this corrupt machine.

This, subsequently, creates a system that churns out students who have bought their way to the top, thereby giving birth to an entire generation of intellectually stunted youth.

The authorities must end this vicious cycle. It is a scourge that is, slowly and surely, destroying the potential of the nation’s youth, and could stand in the way of achieving our full potential economically.

The last thing we want is to end up with an entire generation that does not value learning, and is incapable of critical thinking.

A strong message needs to be sent to students at all levels: Cheating does not pay.

Right now, the message they are receiving is the opposite -- that the system rewards dishonesty, and that the way to succeed academically is to cut corners.

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