So, a new development has risen in Denmark, making students everywhere hate their current lives. Denmark’s Education Minister Merete Riisager has proposed a new law that encourages students to grant schools access to their personal laptops.
The proposal seeks to make it more difficult for students to cheat in exams. As part of the new rules, schools will also be allowed to do background checks on students’ search history and social media activity. The proposition has been taken for further consideration in the near future.
There are some other things that come in the draft, such as allowing inspection of students’ laptops. The content subject to inspection will be materials, log files and more.
Some people will be quick to mention that schools can’t enforce these rules without consent of the owners. However, it seems like they will be using a new sort of ultimatum in order to make this rule effective. Examinees will have to provide consent to having their laptops examined before sitting an exam or giving a presentation.
People who fail to comply will receive harsh penalties for their insubordination. The penalties range from having the devices confiscated for the duration of a day to being expelled from the school.
This measure has been met with a very fair amount of backlash, from students and teachers alike. It’s simply not fair to force the students to give out their freedoms while putting their future scholarships in jeopardy. Even though this is done as a way to prevent cheating in exams, the method seems to be a bit extreme to handle such an issue.
Not to mention, this is basically allowing schools to force their way into student’s private lives. And considering the severity of the penalties, the students will have to yield most of the time. However, since this is still in consideration, we have to wait for any future development.