Look at these poor students taking an exam at a university in Thailand: a paper headband with two paper sheets stapled to each side so they couldn't look at the next desk during exams. It's been a scandal in the country because people find it humiliating—understandably.
A university in Thailand offered a novel way to prevent students from sneaking peeks at classmates' tests: Anti-cheating hats. Depressingly humiliating anti-cheating hats.
They're not only ridiculous, but they're so depressing! Students at Kasetsart University's agriculture school were photographed wearing the hats, and the photo was uploaded to the university's Facebook page. That's... embarrassing!
According to the Bangkok Post, the Kasetsart University held a press conference to explain what the hell was going on and explained that it was actually the students who came up with the hats. "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," said Nattadon Rungruangkitkrai, a lecturer in the school's agricultural department.
Relaxed and depressed-looking! "It was not meant to indicate that Kasetsart students often cheat on exams," Rungruangkitkrai added. "I apologise if the photo makes other people look at my students in a negative way."
This was the first time the hats were used. After the backlash on social media, the Bangkok Post reports that it will be the last. Never forget!
To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.
Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.