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What forms of dishonesty have you encountered in your life ?
 
One would think that a learning institution would be the last place that dishonesty occurs. Unfortunately, in the ten years that I have been in school, what I have seen is the creativity of students in redefining the boundaries of dishonesty.

An incident that has remained firmly etched in my mind is that of a classmate keeping excess change that was given to him by the harried vendor for his purchase of a bowl of noodles. We were only in Year Three then and surely keeping the extra change would not have crossed any innocent mind, but that was not the case for my friend. He not only kept the excess change of RM2 gleefully, but also went on to proudly declare to the rest of us how clever he was to have made the extra cash. Needless to say, we were speechless at his dishonesty.

Getting parents to sign test papers was implemented by the school authorities when I was in primary school to ensure that parents were kept in the know about their child's performance. However, I have seen many cases of students forging their parents' signatures to get away with not having studied for a test. In fact, one such forgery case involved a close friend of mine who diligently forged his father's signature on a test paper that he had failed badly in. It did not pay at all because he was eventually found out by the suspicious teacher who wondered at his father's lack of response on the matter. It seemed that the teacher and his father were always contacting each other regarding his academic performance. In the end, the matter came to light and he was given demerit points.

Another kind of dishonesty that I have witnessed in school is that of students lying about their homework. Each time the teacher pressed for the missing assignments, the reply from the students would inevitably be that it was lost or that it had been handed in. Even though it was obvious that the student is at fault, he would stick to his story come hell or high water. This meant that the teachers could hardly punish the student for an assignment that had gone missing, especially when the poor hapless teacher was alleged to be at fault for losing it. Given the fact that teachers have so many things to remember, it is not surprising that they would be thrown into self-doubt on this matter. Thus, the student invariably gets away with it.

Perhaps, it is because the school is a microcosm of the real world that these acts of dishonesty also occur, despite it being a place to educate the future leaders of the country. Yet, it is still sad that students as young as nine years old can be guilty of such dishonesty.

     
etched   carved
     
harried   anxious
     
hapless   unfortunate
 
 

 

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