Wristwatches to be banned during exams

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The University of Oslo is imposing a ban on the use of all wristwatches during exams, because many of them have become too smart. The advent of “smart watches” that contain computers makes them all suspect, since students could use them to cheat.

The university announced the ban, claiming it was no long possible to discern an ordinary digital watch from a smart watch, nor did exam monitors have the time or expertise to do so. “It’s a big job to physically check everyone in a large examination hall,” Hanna Ekeli, director of the department for professional support at the University of Oslo, told state broadcaster NRK.

All wristwatches will now have to be stowed in backpacks, jacket pockets or purses along with mobile phones and other electronic devices. Anyone found wearing or using a wristwatch will be viewed as attempting to cheat.

Several other Norwegian schools have already imposed such rules, including the University of Agder and the University of Stavanger. The University of Oslo’s rule will take effect April 18.

newsinenglish.no staff 

  • John Palmer

    I can’t afford a watch smart enough to be used in cheating.

    • richard albert

      John, you couldn’t cheat if your Student Union membership depended on it.