Bangladeshi MP Accused Of Hiring Eight Lookalikes To Sit University Exams
If proven true, this represents a commitment to cheating that is almost as dedicated as it is bizarre. Is there any guarantee that these lookalikes would even have been any good under test conditions? Who knows?
Anyway, Tamanna Nusrat, who is a politician for the ruling Awami League Party, stands accused of hiring the gaggle of lookalikes to pretend to be her in at least 13 examinations.
Local TV channel Nagorik TV even went into one of the exam halls while a test was taking place in order to confront one of the woman who was posing as Nusrat at the time.
They conducted an incredible interview during this intrusion. Without transcribing the whole strange conversation, here's what happened.
The TV crew asked the woman what her name was, and she confirmed that she was (supposed to be) Tananna Nusrat.
The crew asked her if she had her ID card, but she'd 'forgotten' to bring it.
They then asked her repeatedly if she was who she said she was, to which she consistently replied that she was.
Hey, call me an old cynic, but this doesn't quite add up, does it?
Apparently, even the college was aware of the fact that the people who were sitting the exams weren't who they said they were.
An official for the college said: "The proxy students were protected by the MP's musclemen when they sat for the tests. Everybody knew it but nobody uttered a word because she is from a very influential family."
Nusrat was elected to the Bangladeshi parliament last year and had enrolled on a BA course at the Open University.
However, she won't leave with any qualifications after this, because her registration has been cancelled.
The vice-chancellor of the Open University in Bangladesh, Professor MA Mannan, confirmed this and added: "She will not be allowed in any examination under the university again."
He also said that the university is looking into whether or not to pursue any legal action against the MP. It is also possible that the lookalikes could face action, as could the college where she took the exam.
Let's hope she actually turns up to court in person if they decide to follow up on this.
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