Students’ creativity to prevent cheating in exams leaves internet in splits

A college in the Philippines asked their students to wear a helmet to keep them from cheating during exams.


Many Legazpi City students responded to this rule by wearing hilarious cardboard homemade hats, egg cans, and other materials.

Photographs of students wearing “anti-rich hats” went viral on social media, making them laugh.

Speaking to the BBC, teacher Mary Joy Mandane-Ortiz said she wanted a “fun way to ensure integrity and honesty” in classrooms.

She said that the idea—implemented at the mid-term reviews—was “really effective”.

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The professor said she had asked her students to make “simple” drawings out of paper. She got inspiration from an idea used in Thailand some years ago.

But the students took their creativity to the next level and found incredible hats.

One of the students was wearing a hat made from an egg tray in the photos, while others wore helmets, Halloween masks, bandannas, and paper bags.

The teacher posted pictures of her students on Facebook, generating thousands of positive reviews.

Professor Mandane-Ortiz said that many students completed the test early and no one was caught cheating.

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