Students using technology to cheat
Cheating by texting and surfing
More students than ever are cheating and making use of new technologies to do this say two recent studies.
Cheating in exams and coursework by A-level and GCSE students is being helped by mobile devices according to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Overall cheating in these exams has risen by over a quarter last summer and the QCA said a quarter of those who caught had smuggled in mobile phones or devices.
"Over recent years we have seen a noticeable rise in the number of mobile phone related incidents in examination halls across the country," said QCA chief executive Ken Boston.
He warned even possessing a mobile device in an exam room, even if not used for cheating, can lead to a student being failed or marked down by examiners.
Meanwhile university examiners are struggling with the growing problem of plagiarism. At university level, one in six students admits to copying work from friends, and one in 10 confesses to looking for essays online, according to a recent survey by The Times Higher Education Supplement.
Some 37 per cent of the 1,022 undergraduates polled said they had copied ideas from books, whilst 35 per cent admitted to copying from online sources. Only three per cent said that they had copied text word for word from a book or online source.
A spokesman for Universities UK, the organisation that supports the work of universities and promote their interests, said that institutions are beginning to take the challenge of plagiarism seriously.
"With continuous developments in technology and internet usage, universities are actively addressing this issue by re-evaluating assessment procedures and getting the message across that plagiarism will not be tolerated," he said.
Fiona Duggan of The Plagiarism Advisory Service (PAS), set up to gather information for universities about cheating, said: "The problem is that a lot of students don't realise they are...