More students found cheating in GCSE and A-level exams

Extra college students are dishonest in GCSE and A-level exams in England, with the quantity caught final summer season up 1 / 4 on the earlier yr, new figures present.

Examination boards issued 2,715 penalties to college students for malpractice in 2017 in opposition to 2,180 in 2016, Ofqual stated.

Most have been penalised for taking cell phones into the examination, whereas just below a fifth have been pulled up for plagiarism.

The rise in dishonest got here as new harder GCSEs in English and maths have been launched for the primary time.

Exams regulator Ofqual, which printed the figures, describes malpractice as any breach of the foundations which could undermine the integrity of an examination.

Employees penalised

It additionally covers any try by college students to speak with one another throughout exams, in addition to the failure of a faculty or school to comply with examination board directions.

The failure by employees to comply with guidelines round managed assessments and coursework, is roofed, in addition to the conduct of examinations.

There was additionally a rise within the variety of faculty and school employees penalised for malpractice.

‘Excessive stakes’

Ofqual issued 890 penalties to employees in 2017 in contrast with 360 the earlier yr.

4 in 10 scholar penalties have been for taking unauthorised gadgets, primarily cell phones, into the examination room.

Plagiarism was the second most typical type of malpractice, with 86% of this occurring in maths and computing exams.

Most college students, 1,235, have been penalised with the lack of marks.

Some 635 college students got a warning and 490 had their papers scrapped.

Liberal Democrat schooling spokesperson Layla Moran stated: “That is an especially worrying pattern in our examination halls and throws into query whether or not the present evaluation course of is even match for goal.”

She stated it was the impression of a system which places monumental strain on academics and college students, “making them really feel like they are going to succeed or fail primarily based on just a few hours of narrowly targeted, excessive stakes exams”.

Revealed at Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:30:15 +0000