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Societies raise ‘grave’ concerns about cheating in online exams


Mathematicians warn universities’ pandemic-era online assessments make cheating easier and heighten inequalities

The nation’s foremost statistical and mathematical experts have raised “grave” concerns over universities’ move to online exams during the Covid-19 pandemic, warning it could drive cheating that would mainly benefit wealthy students.

With the closure of university buildings during the pandemic over the past 18 months, students have increasingly been asked to take learning and assessment remotely, with several institutions indicating they intend to make at least part of this shift permanent.

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