A young man in Kazakhstan has been heavily fined by the authorities for trying to help out his girlfriend with her end-of-the-year exams.
As the story goes, Ayan Zhademov’s girlfriend was terrified of the Unified National Testing – an exam used for college admissions in the country. Her 20-year-old boyfriend tried his best to calm her down, but he was worried that her nerves will ruin the whole thing. Therefore, taking the matters into his own hand, he decided to take the exam on her behalf. Donning a black wig and some makeup, he somehow managed to fit into his 17-year-old lady friend’s clothes, and tried to enter the exam room in Zhetisai, a town in southern Kazakhstan, under her name.
Unfortunately, his plans were cut short by the examiners who spotted him as soon as he arrived.
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Apparently, the examiners first stopped Zhademov because they thought he looked different from the picture on his ID card. However, it was only when they apprehended him and asked a few questions that they realized he was actually a man dressed up as a woman.
“We suspected it might be another woman that had taken the candidate's place, but we never suspected it was a man that had taken her place. At least not until he started speaking,” explained a spokesman for the exam board. “He tried speaking in a high voice but it was obvious then that he was a male.”
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Zhademov was fined nearly $2,000 for his stunt, but it wasn’t all in vain.
Even though his plan turned out to be a complete failure, his story made him an icon of romance among the nation’s youth, leaving young girls to swoon over him, wishing he were their boyfriend.
He has also been dubbed “Romantic of the Year.”
“It was stupid but very romantic,” said Dariga Nesterova, a fellow student. “Sometimes love leads us to do silly things; I wish my boyfriend was this romantic.”
As for the hefty fine he is facing, a local businessman Olzhas Hudaibergenov has already agreed to pay half of it.
“I suspect that his romantic moves in the future will be more legal,” Hudaibergenov explained, adding he was delighted to see that love was still well and alive.
Zhademov’s girlfriend can reportedly take her exam next year.
The Unified National Testing system is one of the toughest exams Kazakh students face in their academic careers. The exams have even been blamed for the spike in teen suicides, in the recent years.