To know that this shameful act involves those who intend to be teachers is really worrisome.
The plans of thirty-five young women to cheat their way into the teaching profession failed when their luck ran out.
They were caught trying to cheat on their entrance exam into schools for teachers in the Mexican state of Michoacán. What they did was supposed to be smart but their luck ran out when their painted nails were suspected by invigilators. The women allegedly had the correct answer pattern painted on their nails.
The entire admission process into teaching schools in Michoacán had been under suspicion of fraud since the first stage of exams, on the last day of July, when it was revealed that several of the students had bought the answers for 15,000 or 25,000 pesos.
This was initially just mere allegation without proof but the claim was virtually confirmed by the astonishing test results in several Michoacán municipalities.
According to Mexican media reports, 50 applicants who took the exam had answered all 100 question correctly, while another 300 had scores of 99 and 90 correct answers. This was unusual, as in other municipalities the highest score was 71 correct answers.
To eliminate all suspicion of fraud, authorities decided to repeat the test on August 21, and thus managed to catch at least 35 women in the municipalities of Morelia and Arteaga trying to cheat with a very ingenious system.
The Primera Plana Michoacan Facebook page recently published a video showcasing the very similar painted nail style of the 35 women, which reportedly represented the correct answer pattern to the 100 multiple-answer questions.
It was discovered that the nails all featured the same dot motif though they were painted in different colors. The pattern consisted of 10 different colored dots on each nail, corresponding to 100 responses in the exam booklet.
Ironically, those caught in this act were not sent out of the exam hall. They still participated in taking the exam but were separated from the rest of the group and asked to either put on opaque gloves to completely conceal their hands, or at least cover their painted nails with sticky tape.
Gabriela Santillán Mora, who coordinated the application of the tests, confirmed that all the 35 women had the exact same color and dot pattern, plus each nail had 10 dots of the same color.
The exam questions were answered by filling in the options marked with circles on optical sheets, so it is clear that the dot pattern was the key to how and in what order they should answer.