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Ban all watches from exams to stop cheating?

By ITS Education Asia


Cheating in exams is unfair and every effort needs to be made to ensure all students have equal chances of gaining the grades they deserve. 

Recently, the review chairman of the Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice, set up by exam boards to investigate the prevalence of cheating in public exams in the UK, has recommended that all watches should be banned from exam halls to discourage cheating. Smart watches, connected to the internet, are already banned from use by students taking public exams.

But the review, commissioned by exam boards, says it is becoming difficult to distinguish between hi-tech and traditional watches. Sir John, a former head teachers' union leader, said smart watches could look like conventional watches, leaving them open to misuse by cheats.

"If you don't ban them all I think you're giving a very difficult job to invigilators who are looking round an exam room.”

So what do you think? Should all watches be banned in exams?


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