Students wear odd ‘anti-cheating’ Halloween masks and helmets during exams

Students asked to wear something to prevent them from catching sight of other students’ exam papers came up with a weird and wonderful array of “anti-cheating” hats which have become a viral online sensation.

Mary Joy Mandane-Ortiz, a professor of mechanical engineering at Bicol University College of Engineering in Legazpi City, Philippines, said she had been looking for a "fun way" to ensure "integrity and honesty" in her classes.

She said said the idea had been "really effective".

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Speaking to the BBC, Professor Mandane-Ortiz explained that originally she had asked her students to make a "simple" design out of paper.

The idea came, she said, from a technique that had been devised in Thailand about nine years ago. In that case the Thai students had used simple paper "blinkers to help them resist the temptation to look over at their neighbours" answers.

But Professor Mandane-Ortiz’s students allowed their imaginations to run riot, with crash helmets, animal masks, and bizarre egg box creations being brought in to keep their focus on their exam papers.

She says the students created, in many cases, quite complex headgear in "just five minutes" using bits of scrap material they found lying around.

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One particularly lateral-thinking student even made a pair of goggles using paper tubes.

Professor Mandane-Ortiz posted photos of some of the funnier examples to her Facebook page after the college’s recent mid-term exams which hundreds of students at the college sat this week.

After the pictures went viral, the “anti-cheating” technique has reportedly been taken up across the country.

Professor Mandane-Ortiz said her students had performed particularly well this year, having been motivated by the strict examination conditions to study extra hard.

She told the BBC that many of them finished their tests early and — underlining the original point of the bizarre — none of them had cheated.


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