Bouville (2010) stated that cheating is unacceptable in the schools and universities because it breaks a law and an act to which the teachers take personal offense. Some of the students cheat to earn an unfair advantage over other students. The primary reason why students cheat is to obtain better grades. However, Bouville (2010) has pointed out the grades should not be the only gauge to determine how a student will progress in the future. It is inevitable that some forms of cheating can get in the way of learning because it becomes a skill mastered by students not to get caught open-handedly by teachers. Education is supposed to be the method that students learn and advance in their studies. Cheating now becomes an ethical and moral issue for students because they want to excel in their studies. One method of cheating is plagiarism which is strictly prohibited in universities. Plagiarism is synonymous to cheating because a student copies another person’s work and ideas and pass them as his or her own.
The deeper effect of cheating comes within the bounds of moral and ethical values of the students. When a student cheats during exams, there is a great probability of getting caught and fail in the subject. However, there are instances when students succeed and get high grades as they reap the undue benefits.
Cheating is synonymous to stealing and hampers the essence of education, which is learning. Cheating is for personal gain and should be severely sanctioned in all universities and colleges. The students who work hard to get good grades deserve the credit. However, for the students who resort to cheating to make student life easier should sanctioned by academic institutions (Bouville, 2010).
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