What on earth do these kids do in high school that prepares them for a college career of nothing but lying, cheating and then lying about it when they get caught? Why doesn't the Ministry of Education do something about that? Every week the newspaper is full of stories about this or that Ministry's plan to improve the Kingdom. Ideas like tax expats, kick out taxi driving expats and replace them with Saudi drivers, increased Saudization, demand more degrees from teachers, test all the teachers, fire all the teachers and replace them with better teachers, build a multi-billion riyal school. Why can't they just see the simple truth. Enforce the regulations you already have in place for your own students and in 4 years all will be well in the academic world while also improving the state of affairs outside academia. As a College Instructor, I spend at least 50% of my time dealing with issues that in the US would be rarely seen and would only take about 10% of my time. Cheating, attendance, arguing about attendance, retesting, arguing about retesting and the like just eat our time alive here.
I think what really pissed me off today though was some of the stupid excuses I heard for why I saw notes being passed, fingers being held up, taps on the desk with the pen and talking when I turned my back. First of all one student refused to acknowledge me, he refused to look at me, speak to me or even acknowledge that I was standing in front of him telling him he couldn't take the test anymore. Another said "I don't speak English" (in English) while his classmates laughed loud enough to let the room next door hear it. The best one though was the one who got mad...at me. He said "we don't cheat!, you not know!" Really? Ok there Copernicus, what exactly were you doing turned around in your seat asking the man behind you a question?..."checking" was his answer. My head almost exploded as I told him that checking your answer with another student, during a test, IS cheating. He disagrees, at least he told me "don't worry, no problem, no problem" Oh, well in that case, carry on! And he did, as I walked away in complete exasperation he leaned together with a colleague and made sure they all had the same answers. I turned and told him "you get zero", he laughed and said "Full Mark". I reported the entire class of 15 to the test control officer, I doubt much will be done though, maybe 1 point off each test.