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Anti-cheating hats the talk of the town (update 2)

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The room was small; the number of test-takers large. The solution: hats fitted with paper ear flaps to prevent cheating. Then someone took a photo and it was posted to Facebook... (Latest: Hat idea came from students) 

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Photo showing students from Kasetsart University's agro-industry faculty wearing cheating-prevention hats and posted on Kasetsart University Students Administrative Board Facebook page has gone viral.

Saturday morning

Ajarn Nattadon Rungruangkitkrai of the Department of Textile Science explains the controversial use of cheating-prevention hats as the dean of the agro-industry faculty listens. KITJA APICHONROJAREK

Here is the latest from Bangkok Post reporter Lamphai Intathep.

KU staff say exam blinker hat idea came from students.

Senior academic staff at Kasetsart University (KU) have vigorously denied students in the agriculture faculty were pressured into wearing paper hats with blinkers to prevent cheating in an exam.

Nattadon Rungruangkitkrai, a lecturer at KU’s Agro-Industry Faculty, told a press conference yesterday that it was the students themselves who suggested the hats, and none had been forced to use them.

Mr Nattadon said the hat idea was among several methods proposed to prevent cheating.

The students made the suggestions a week prior to the exam.

He said moral issues had always been added to class studies and he had also discussed with the students how to prevent cheating in the coming exam which was taken by almost a hundred students. The paper hat idea was selected by them.

‘‘It was an agreement between us. No student was forced to wear a hat. Instead, all were happy to do so and thought it was fun. They felt more relaxed during the test,’’ he said.

‘‘It was not meant to indicate that Kasetsart students often cheat on exams. I apologise if the photo makes other people look at my students in a negative way.’’

Mr Nattadon, who took the photo and posted it in a closed Facebook group, said it would be the first and last time the paper hats are used.

Update: Friday morning press conference

This morning, Dr Tanaboon Sajjaanantakul, dean of the Kasetsart University's Agro-Industry faculty, together with Ajarn Nattadon  Rungruangkitkrai of the Department of Textile Science (ภาควิชาวิทยาการสิ่งทอ), held a press conference to explain the controversial use of cheating-prevention hats that have been the subject of much discussion in the social media.

Ajarn Nattadon  said the hats were made after discussion with the students who were in agreement that the hats should be used to prevent possible cheating. No compulsion was involved he said.

Anti-cheating hats the talk of the town

The use of paper blinker hats like those worn by a group of Kasetsart University students to prevent them from cheating on a recent exam is not likely to become widespread.

Certainly not after the massive and largely negative reaction to the above photo which was posted on the Kasetsart University (KU) Student Administrative Board's Facebook page.

The image quickly went viral. There were more than 10,000 views on our own Facebook page within a few hours, and like elsewhere, most comments were negative.

"I'm speechless.......the issue of trust between students and lecturer," read one of them.

Elsewhere viewers complained that the blinkers looked humiliating and insulted the students' dignity and reflected badly on the image of the university.

Not all comments were negative, however, with some expressing sympathy for the single teacher in a room with so many exam-takers.

The KU student board later removed the photo from it's Facebook page and issued a statement apologising for igniting the controversy.

“We must apologise for causing differing opinions. We actually intended to make people look at it in a funny way.”

The board explained the anti-cheating hats were considered necessary because the room was small and many students were taking the exam sitting close to each other.

Rector Wuttichai Kapilakarn promised to look into the blinker matter immediately.

A press conference has been called for 10am this morning to explain what really happened.

Includes material for a story in today's Bangkok Post.

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Vocabulary:

academic: relating to education - เชิงวิชาการ

apologise: to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem - ขอโทษ

blinker: pieces of leather that are placed at the side of a horse's eyes to stop it from looking sideways - เครื่องปิดตาม้า

complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์

compulsion: strong pressure that makes somebody do something that they do not want to do - การบีบบังคับ,แรงกดดัน

controversy: a disagreement, especially about a public policy or a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about - ความขัดแย้ง

dean: a senior official at a college or university, often the head of a faculty or department - คณบดี

deny: to say that something is not true - ปฏิเสธ

dignity: respect that other people have for you or that you have for yourself - ศักดิ์ศรี

elsewhere: another place or other places - ที่อื่น

faculty: a group of departments in a college or university which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ

humiliating: making you feel very embarrassed and ashamed - ขายหน้าขายตา, ทำให้เสียเกียรติ

image: an opinion that people have about someone or something - ภาพลักษณ์

immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที

indicate: to show that something is true, exists or will happen - แสดง, ทำให้รู้

insult: to say or do something that offends somebody or makes them seem stupid or unimportant - ดูถูก

intended: planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น

issue: a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น

issue: matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น

issue: to announce something officially - ออกประกาศ

lecturer: a teacher at a university or college - อาจารย์ผู้บรรยาย

massive: very large - ใหญ่มหาศาล

matter: a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered - เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน

moral: relating to right and wrong and the way that people should behave - ทางศีลธรรม, เกี่ยวกับความรู้สึกผิดชอบชั่วดี

negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ

press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว

pressure: to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - กดดัน

prevent: to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง

prevention: the act of preventing something, or things that people do in order to prevent something - การป้องกัน

proposed: suggested as an idea for a group to consider - ถูกเสนอ

reaction: the way something responds as a result of something that happens - ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง, ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้

recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้

rector: the person in charge in some universities, schools, colleges and universities - อธิการบดี

reflect: to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง

reignite: to cause something bad to begin again - ทำให้ (ปัญหา) ลุกลามอีกครั้ง

remove: to take something away - เอาออกจาก

single: one only - เดี่ยว

speechless: not able to speak, especially because you are extremely angry or surprised - ไม่สามารถพูดได้

sympathy: a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant - ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ

trust: a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair, and reliable - ความเชื่อใจ, ความไว้วางใจ

vigorously: in a very active, determined or energetic way - อย่างคล่องแคล่ว, อย่างกระฉับกระเฉง

viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว

widespread: happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people - อย่างแพร่หลาย

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