Jinabhai was very clever in his studies. He always stood first in every class and won many prizes.
Sometimes dull or lazy students would sit beside Jinabhai, hoping to copy his answers. Some bullies would threaten Jina, “When you have solved all the questions you had better tell us the answers.”
Jina would laugh and, to merely please them, say, “Alright, I will tell you. I will tilt my slate so that you can see everything I have written.”
Whenever the teacher set any problem, Jinabhai would solve it immediately, and then turn his slate upside down. Those around him who had neglected their previous lessons, would ask in a whisper, “What is the answer?” But Jinabhai would remain silent.
One day some of the boys threatened him, “Jina, show us your slate, otherwise we will beat you up.”
But Jina fearlessly replied and explained, “You work it out! If my answer is wrong, then your answer will also be wrong.”
Whenever other students succeeded in copying his work, Jinabhai did not like it. He would tell them off, “It is wrong to copy. By copying you are cheating God.”
Thus, Jinabhai always insisted that everyone should learn by working hard, and should not cheat.