Students use UV light to cheat in exams – KNUST research shows.

Many students have historically cheated during exams by using their skin or clothing.

Most invigilators are also aware of the usage of watches, phones, and calculators as forms of cheating.

One that escapes the invigilators, according to a study by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, is the use of UV light.

Students who utilize UV pens must write their responses on any paper they are permitted to bring into the exam room with an inkless pen.

The increase in academic cheating shows that students are coming up with new ways to cheat on tests.

Invigilators and academic stakeholders are at their wits’ end as a result of this circumstance.

The purpose of the study, which was published in the journal Educational Research International, was to investigate the strategies adopted by students when taking exams.

According to the report, students employed technology, unconventional seating configurations, body parts, and foreign materials in their lessons.

The principal investigator, Dr. John Boulard Forkour, remarked; “In the course of the exam, all they did was to shine or focus the red rays of the pen onto the surface; then, all the answers would appear.

“Most invigilators are aware of other technological devices that students use to cheat but with the UV light, most of them are not aware,” he said.

One of the students interviewed by the researchers revealed: “They think it is an ordinary pen. Well, I sometimes tell some of the invigilators that it is an ordinary pen. I have an inkless pen that comes with the UV pen.

“All I have to do is write all perceived answers on a sheet in my mathematical set and send it in. Thereafter, I use the UV light to reveal the answers. Easy right?”

Dr. Forkour recommended that, “To curtail academic cheating, educational authorities should not only improve institutional mechanisms to prevent cheating but also make a conscious effort to alter students’ perception on cheating.”

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