Pictures of students in the Philippines wearing “anti-cheating” hats have gone viral, inspiring other universities to follow suit amid bold claims about their effectiveness.
Students at one college in Legazpi City were advised to wear unusual clothing to prevent them from peeping at their peers’ papers.
Many people replied by making handmade contraptions out of cardboard, egg cartons, and other repurposed materials. One youngster even created his own goggles out of paper tubes. Others wore hats, helmets, or masks for Halloween.
The teacher behind the idea told the BBC she had been looking for a “fun way” to ensure “integrity and honesty” in her classes.
Mary Joy Mandane-Ortiz, a professor of mechanical engineering at Bicol University College of Engineering claimed that her idea had been “really effective”.
She was inspired by a procedure apparently employed in Thailand nine years ago.
In 2013, an image went viral showing a room of university students in Bangkok taking test papers while wearing “ear flaps” – sheets of paper attached to either side of their heads to hide their eyesight.
Prof Mandane-Ortiz asked her students to be creative and then shared images of them wearing the headgear on her social media platforms.
They quickly went viral and made the news in the Philippines — where several other colleges have reportedly followed suit in a bid to crack down on cheating.
Prof Mandane-Ortiz stated that her tutees fared better this year because the stringent examination conditions drove them to study more.
She informed the BBC that many of them passed their exams ahead of schedule and, perhaps most crucially, that none of them were discovered cheating.