Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.

The school, located in central China's Hubei Province, had long struggled with students who cheated on their tests by copying one another. Other schools had successfully tackled the problem by holding the tests in gymnasiums, parking lots and outdoor recreation fields.

These options may not have been open to administrators at Chengfeng School so they applied that age old maxim “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to their situation.

As the school conveniently abuts a leafy forest landscaped to reduce shrubs and other undergrowth, the setting was utilized as an impromptu examination hall.

The mid-term exams took place on April 27th and 28th of 2014. “This is the first time the school has held exams under such conditions,” explained a Mr. Xie, one of the supervising teachers, “and we hope that the good weather will be conducive to students' performance.” Yeah, Mr. Xie, that's the ticket!

Speaking of weather, some mass media sites have attempted to explain the bizarre setting of the exams as a consideration for the students during a heat wave. Not so: as one can plainly see in these images, the students are clothed in long-sleeved track style uniforms and while Jingzhou is often hot and humid in mid-summer, the average April daytime high temperature is a comfortable 21.1°C (70°F).

Even so, students with a proclivity for plagiarism likely felt a little hot under the collar on examination day when confronted by rows of widely-spaced desks in a pastoral setting. At least they have tree chances to pass. (via CRI and Shanghaiist)