Why Students Cheat On Tests
As much as students go to school to learn new things, they are subjected to assessment tests to determine their knowledgeability. Cheating has been reported from the traditional classrooms to the online classes. Instead of setting traps to catch these students on the act, it is also equally important to find out why they are involved in cheating so that the vice can be curbed before it affects the quality of learning. The reasons can be classified differently depending on how they are examined.
One of the major reasons can be called the external forces. If the parents put more pressure on the child to perform, he or she is likely to attempt to cheat. Some parents are very hostile and do not understand their children. They believe that after paying school fees for their kids, they must perform perfectly in the tests. There have been reports of parents going ahead to punish their children for scoring poorly in exams. In such cases, parents should be involved in the process of teaching their children. Another external force that has resulted in cheating among students is working while studying at the same time. It is usually difficult to serve two masters at the same time. Students who take part time studies dedicate most of their time to their jobs and forget to read their notes. When tests are given, the learner has no choice but to cheat in the examinations.
The health status may also be an influence on cheating. If a student is not feeling well, he or she may not prepare adequately for the tests. Such students tend to copy exams from their colleagues. In some cases, the student may decide to cheat because his friends are doing it and achieving better grades. If the invigilators fail to take their jobs seriously during examination time, other students may take advantage of such an opportunity to discuss the test with their colleagues. In cases where the lecturer did not explain the content adequately, the learners tend to look for ways of performing in their tests. Academically, when the workload for a particular semester is no heavy and the learner wants to excel in the tests at all costs. That student will be forced to participate in cheating.
The student’s attitude towards the subject will also make him of her cheat. A lazy student who does not go to class and indulge in other activities will want to cheat in exams. Some students fail because they hate the subject. Such students do not read their books because they either hate the teacher or the subject. At times, the professor should be keen on the class attendance of his or her students. By doing this, he can assist the affected students before it is too late. The job market is another reason why students tend to cheat. If the human resource managers insist that they only would pick candidates with good grades to serve in their companies, the rate of cheating goes up. If the manager emphasizes on the grades instead of the ability to practice, the students must look for ways of scoring these grades.
When a student is caught cheating and no action is taken against him or her, the other students may follow the same trend. Strict regulations should be set to prevent others from cheating. This involves punishment and careful watching of the students as they sit for these tests. Students usually have certain groups that they belong to. In such cases, a student may try to help their friends who are stuck during tests. They adhere to these loyalties and would not allow their friend to fail in examinations. The students need to learn to be responsible for their actions every time. With these factors, it is now possible to deal with these examination irregularities.
- Davis, Stephen F., and Patrick F. Drinan. Cheating in School What We Know and What We Can Do. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2011. Print.
- "Why Kids Cheat and How to Stop It." Education.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. <http://www.education.com/magazine/article/kids-cheat/>.