Stuyvesant students surprised their peers allegedly cheated on tests

Stuyvesant High School

Stuyvesant High School (Credit: (Getty))

Students at Stuyvesant High School said they were baffled as to why their peers needed to cheat on final exams a day after the education department confirmed a report that they were investigating a cheating scandal at the elite school.

A report in the Daily News said that a junior at the school was busted taking photos of test questions of a Spanish final last week and then passing them off to dozens of students. A proctor then allegedly found photos of English and physics Regents exams on his cellphone, according to the article, which said the student was expelled.

An online petition circulated Tuesday with more than 250 signatures identified the student as Nayeem Ahsan, and asked the school to reinstate him, calling his expulsion “an exorbitant repercussion for his mistake.”

“Nayeem Ahsan is a valued member of the Stuyesant community,” the petition read, misspelling the school’s name. “His absence would leave the senior class of 2013 defunct.”

But a spokeswoman for the Department of Education denied that the student was booted from the school, saying, "The NYC Department of Education is working with the school on the correct disciplinary action."

Graduating senior Rebecca Chan, of Riverdale, said she was surprised a Stuyvesant student cheated on final exams.

"It's kind of silly because Regents are known in this school for being unbelievably easy," Chan, 17, said after leaving the school Tuesday. "Our regular exams are generally a lot harder."

"I just feel like he shouldn't have done something like that," she added. "You're accepted to Stuy. You're expected to study hard."

Freshman Rachel Lam, of Forest Hills, said she thought the student's expulsion would be "pretty fair."

"Cheating goes on your transcript," Lam, 14, said. "So now colleges will know and the rest of his academic life is ruined."

The state's education department said it had 108 reported allegations of "testing irregularities" during the 2010-2011 school year, which was the most recent data available. A quarter of those allegations were verified, down from the previous year where nearly half of 118 alleged incidents were confirmed.

(With Ariam Frezghi)


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