A student in Kazakhstan has been fined after dressing up as his girlfriend and trying to take an exam in her place. Ayan Zhademov, 20, was desperate to help his 17-year-old girlfriend out when she told him she was worried about an upcoming test. 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.
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.
Zhademov's cover was finally blown when 'he tried speaking in a high voice, but it was obvious that he was a male'.
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.
Zhademov was then fined the equivalent of £1,400 ($2,175) for his actions.
But now he has been dubbed romantic of the year by locals after a businessman stepped into help pay off the fine after being impressed like many others by the 20-year-olds ingenuity.
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."
Another student, Goga Korzhova, said: "She’s lucky to have someone as brave as this, someone who will risk everything for her."
Businessman Olzhas Hudaibergenov who has agreed to pay half of the fine said he was delighted to see romance was still alive and well.
He added: "I suspect that his romantic moves in the future will be more legal."
The girl was told she will have to now wait until next year before taking the exam.