Thousands of teachers caught cheating to improve exam results

Thousands of teachers caught cheating to improve exam resultsStaff at institutions offering OCR exams from 2012-16 committed about 2,300 malpractice offences. More than half of the cases were of teachers providing ‘improper assistance’ to students taking exams. Thousands of teachers have been caught cheating to try to improve their pupils’ test results, figures from one of the country’s leading exam boards show. Nearly 2,300 malpractice offences were committed by staff in educational institutions offering OCR exams between 2012 and 2016, according to data obtained through a freedom of information request by the Sunday Times.More than half of the teachers committing malpractice offences were accused of providing “improper assistance” to students taking exams. In comparison, there were 3,603 cases of candidates being caught cheating over the same period. The data shows students being punished more harshly than their teachers, with about 1,000 being disqualified from the paper or entire qualification. In 14 cases, the pupil caught cheating was disqualified from all qualifications.In comparison, 581 teachers caught breaking the rules were given warnings, 113 were sent for training and only 83 were suspended from exam roles.
Source: The Guardian

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