Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Just a quickie.

The Education Guardian has an amusing piece on exam cheats by the indefatigable Boris Johnson. Here's a snippet (or, as Alan Bennett's Mr Irwin would say, gobbet).

I have just been looking at a cheat's website called UKEssays, and its sheer efficiency makes me feel queasy. Never mind some long-dead monk; UKEssays will supply you with a tailor-made essay, at £500 a pop, on any subject you are set, and teams of essay-writing graduates can calibrate their output to provide you with material worth a 2.1 or, if you are feeling really brazen, a first. According to some estimates, 10% of university students are engaged in some kind of cheating. If you consider that the difference between a 2.1 and a 2.2 can be thousands of pounds on your starting salary, the incentives are obvious.

Definitely worth a read.


At Sat Dec 23, 04:16:00 pm GMT, Blogger Mr McSwan said...

Sorry for not getting back in touch with you sooner, been very hectic through here on the East.

I've not heard of lawrence's blog in a while, hope he's still checking up on yours and will let you know himself.

How has your teaching been going?

At Fri Feb 02, 01:21:00 am GMT, Blogger Mr McSwan said...

Nice to hear from you Duncan, Hope your pupils results turned out better than you thought.

My 5th years sit their prelims in a weeks time but some of them just don't seem to be trying at all. But fingers crossed the results will be ok.

I'm starting to understand the stress of courseworks now right enough from my 4th years.

This is going to be an interesting few weeks.

At Tue Feb 06, 07:12:00 pm GMT, Blogger Duncan__ said...

I presume you mean the stress of trying to get the pupils to do their coursework in a reasonable timeframe!

(And I never want to hear "Whiddy-a dae noo" ever again!)


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