09 August 2006
You can read the full report here.
The title of the news item is expected, but most people here find it alarming. My opinion is that this should be resolved quickly. The longer this controversy takes, the worse it will be for everyone. Enough debates already! If the integrity of an examination has been questioned and cheating is suspected, have all the examinees take the whole exam again at a specified date. Establish a new and trusted board of examiners, come up with new set of questions, and give the exam.
Unsolicited tip: have some proctors roam the washrooms during breaks as this is the frequent place where "kodigos" are exchanged between students who always want the easy way out of everything.
Another solution I can think of is to catch these cheaters, and blacklist them from taking any more exams until they learn their lesson.
Enough of the search for "easy-way-outs." There is no easy way out in this case.
While it is both unfortunate and sad that the majority of the nursing examinees have to suffer for the iniquities of a few immature, irresponsible miscreants, having them all take the exam again will provide a temporary solution to this problem. Meanwhile, we have to live with another setback, another bad opinion thrown at us as a whole nation.
The miscreants thought that cheating will make them pass the boards. They still do not know what a famous American writer once said: "Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. "
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Written by Dr. Emer at 6:34 AM