A few years ago, back at school I had started a massive anti cheating protest to curb excessive cheating habits prevalent among school students. It involved everything from multiple articles in our yearbook to countless letters to the management petitioning for stricter rules in these cases. Ofcourse none of it worked and now slowly, as I have ended up on the bad side myself, I have finally realised, it perhaps never will. No one would believe that someone who rallied against cheating would end up practicing it at times of intense panic and desperation. And mind you, it’s very addictive. Actually, the compulsion to cheat can be exactly compared to a narcotic addiction. The fact that it makes everything better and easier, there is no stress, and slowly even the guilt fades away. And I see early stages of this addiction in me.
When I wrote the article, I had emphasised that students start cheating because the matter they were required to provide for the test wasn’t learnt or atleast wasn’t retentive enough. And hence its primary source is seen as laziness.
But what I realised now is that it isn’t laziness but desperation. Atleast for the starters. And it starts with something as simple as that and as the addiction spreads, laziness instead of being a source becomes an effect. Some students can’t get through an exam without cheating. There’s only one solution to this. Don’t start. Accept your hopelessness and admit it as a mistake. Because believe me once you get a taste of it,you can’t let go.
“Don’t start what you know can’t be ended.”