Can Remote Tests And Examinations Be Trusted?

  • Students caught cheating Using Chegg
  • Proof that online examinations cannot be trusted
  • Zimbabweans usage of the online platform for learning purposes

The novel coronavirus came at a time when we were not prepared for it, as such all activities in countries affected came to a halt but as time went on life had to continue. This resulted in the rapid adoption of internet technologies to carry out tasks remotely. The education was not left behind, conducting online lessons at home through platforms such as google class, WhatsApp, skype and zoom.

In developing countries such as Zimbabwe, institutions resorted to using the WhatsApp platform because it is cheaper and can be easily accessed. E-learning has successfully managed to keep the sector alive but can it be trusted to conduct successful examinations and tests.

It has been recently revealed by a lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) who reported a suspected mass cheating incident from 2020 that a website and app (Chegg) is making it easy for university students in South Africa to cheat on tests and exams when writing at home. The incident was later confirmed by the University

“The University became aware of some students used online resources and platforms to assist them in answering assessments contravening assessment requirements and University rules, Wits said

It is not only South Africa facing a problem with cheating in online tests using Chegg. According to a report from Forbes, cheating with Chegg has become so popular in the US that students have started referring to it as Chegging.

The publication had interviewed 52 students from multiple universities who used Chegg Study and out of these participants, only four did not admit to using the platform for cheating on tests.

Considering that some students had not been able to cope up with the new norm and put a balance between their social life and education, cheating online tests were likely to occur and is most likely taking place without the knowledge of authorities. Let’s be honest, most people do the same if put in the same situations, even without having to use Chegg, students can still cheat by referring to their notes or on google.

The process puts put’s its trust in the student, but hey we have all been students and know the pleasure of passing an exam you did not study or prepare well for.

These are all signs that remote tests and examinations are flawed. Zimbabwean universities have however managed to put a solution to the examination issue, using the online platform hand in hand with physical examinations. Students carry online lessons for a certain period and are then invited to sit for end of semester exams in person for a maximum period of two weeks. This strategy surely works in safeguarding against student dishonesty.

Chegg is a popular tutoring platform that assists students across the globe in getting answers to assignment questions on demand. A monthly subscription fee of $14.95 per month allows users to ask Cheggs subject experts questions by submitting a photo of their homework or assignment questions. Students can load exam questions while the exam is ongoing and answers will be provided by industry experts as Chegg claims that the answers can be provided in as little as 30 minutes and can be easily be accessed via the web or on a mobile app