Ayan Zhademov, 20, of Kazakhstan, wanted nothing more than to please his girlfriend, whose name has not been released, after she told him how frantic and worried she was about her end-of-school exam.
The girl, who has not been named, had been preparing for her Unified National Testing, an exam in Kazakhstan which school students must take when finishing school to get into university.
Ayan was fined £1,400 after his stunt. Zhademov took her place by donning a black wig, putting on make-up, and wearing her white blouse and grey skirt before sneaking into the exam hall in Zhetisai, south Kazakhstan.But eagle-eyed exam administrators spotted him and took him aside for questioning.
A spokesman for the exam board said:
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. He tried speaking in a high voice but it was obvious then that he was a male.
The offense was grave enough to warrant a fine of about the equivalent of $2,153. A local businessman, however, was in such admiration of Zhademov’s courage and dedication to his girlfriend’s success, he agreed to pay half of the fine.
Several high school students, such as Dariga Nesterova, were impressed by Zhademov’s act, she said,
It was stupid but very romantic. Sometimes love leads us to do silly things, I wish my boyfriend was this romantic.
The stunt appears to have put the girlfriend’s college career on hold as she will reportedly have to wait another year to take the exam.
Fellow student Dariga Nesterova said: ‘It was stupid but very romantic.
‘Sometimes love leads us to do silly things, I wish my boyfriend was this romantic.’