Uzbekistan: Exam Day Means Humiliating Anti-Cheat Inspections
When exam time comes around in Uzbekistan it is open season on the cheats. And anti-cheat measures have reached a new pitch of intensity this year.
Footage doing the rounds online this week shows young people sitting an entrance test for a financial studies institute getting physical sweeps from officers with the customs service checking for hidden crib sheets.
One institute employee can be heard saying through a megaphone: “Crib sheets, money and other items must be handed over. Otherwise employees with the customs control service will expel you from the exam hall.”
The reaction of those watching the videos has been largely one of disgust at the humiliating routines as students are forced to remove items of clothing and undergo body searches. One girl apparently caught with a crib sheet is filmed as she tearfully undergoes a dressing-down.
“It would be better if they were out catching criminals, these poor children. What a disgrace. I was livid when my daughter had to go through this,” one mother, Venera Galeyeva, wrote on social media.
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