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Watchdog: High Tech Exam Cheating On the Rise

UK exams watchdog, Ofqual, says cheating is on the rise in British schools and reports a 6 percent increase on the number of penalties handed out during state exams. Ofqual says that cell phones are the most common way pupils cheat and the advent of web-connected devices means smartphones present even more of an issue for invigilators. However, as of late, kids are using more innovative methods to pass their exams.

The BBC cites Ofqual as saying pupils are being targeted by websites openly selling "exam cheat equipment", including concealed ear-pieces to receive information. Also in use are wireless earpieces connected to concealed MP3 players.

Still, as Newton's Law clearly states, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; the result of all this high tech cheating is that IT companies are targeting schools and offering them detection equipment that promises to identify texting, e-mails or pupils using mobiles to search the internet.

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