A bizarre incident in which a school asked students to wear cardboard boxes on their heads to curb cheating in examinations has greatly shocked the world.
The rule was enforced at Bhagat Pre-university College in Haveri, India.
The school officials were forced to stop this savage-like treatment of learners after images of the students wearing card boxes went viral on social media platforms.
The pictures displayed learners sitting in rows while wearing boxes with “windows” in front to allow them to get a glimpse of what is going on around them.
The most intriguing part of it all is when the college administrator MB Satish told the BBC that the radical anti-cheating system was an experiment which had worked for other institutions.
Mr Satish apologized for the “roll out” of this unusual technique.
He further added that the students were not obliged to wear it.
Some removed the card box mask after 15 minutes, others after 20 minutes. The college itself told them to take it off after one hour.
Speaking to the Times of India, SC Peerjade, the deputy director of the pre-university education board termed the practice inhumane and uncalled for.
Bhagat Pre-university College has been served with an official notice seeking an explanation for forcing students to wear the improvised masks to curb copying during examinations.
An official from the Haveri district has also rebuked the act saying that no matter the purpose, it was very wrong for the students to wear cartons when writing examinations.
He further added that the directive was not from them.