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  • Newspaper

    AI-assisted plagiarism? ChatGPT bot says it has an answer for that

    UK

    Press

    Alex Hern - The Guardian

    Headteachers and university lecturers are concerned that ChatGPT, which can provide convincing human-sounding answers to exam questions, could spark a wave of cheating in homework and exam coursework. Users can ask questions ranging from simple factual queries to absurd requests and receive coherent responses written in natural English. The output of ChatGPT hasn’t triggered any conventional plagiarism detectors since the text it produces hasn’t been written before, leaving assessors struggling to work out how to identify cheaters.

  • Newspaper

    Academics warn of ‘arms race’ in contract cheating

    Australia

    Press

    Nicole Precel and Adam Carey - The Age

    The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency received 385 referrals about contract cheating in the first half of 2022, compared with 138 in 2021 and 21 in 2020. Cheating is becoming an “arms race”, and it ranges from students visiting cheating sites to have just one question answered, to paying ghost-writers to complete an entire subject. According to a professor in academic integrity, a new weapon in this race is artificial intelligence, which generates essays almost from scratch or answers problems with the right prompt.

  • Newspaper

    Eight ghost teachers dismissed

    Pakistan

    Press

    Staff report - Pakistan Today

    The Sindh education department dismissed eight teachers at different public schools over their absence from their jobs for the past two years. Although they had been living abroad, they kept drawing salaries from their institutions. The education officers are trying to identify more ghost teachers to improve the education system in Sindh.

  • Newspaper

    University head, council sentenced for contempt of court

    Kenya

    Press

    Capital News - University World News

    Egerton University Vice-Chancellor and eight University Council members have received a 30-day jail term following their failure to implement a court order directing them to pay the lecturers 100% of their salaries. Egerton University Academic Staff Union (UASU) Chapter had filed for contempt after the university imposed a 40% pay cut in 2020 allegedly as a stop-gap measure at the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Council failed to produce evidence of the necessity of this measure.

  • Newspaper

    Surge in GCSE and A-level candidates penalised for ‘malpractice’ in England

    UK

    Press

    Richard Adams - The Guardian

    According to Ofqual, the exam regulator for England, over 4,300 candidates were penalised over cheating this year during A-level and GCSE exams. 2,000 candidates caught in possession of a mobile phone were given mark reductions, while about 1,500 students received warnings. Moreover 800 candidates were penalised by having their exam voided. Ofqual also published its report into the conduct of the 2022 exam series, which noted that 14 schools and colleges reported cyberattacks aimed at accessing exam administration software or student work.

  • Newspaper

    Education Report Card helping schools make data-driven improvements

    Indonesia

    Press

    Indriani Kenzu - University World News

    Schools and regions can now use the data from the online Indonesian Education Report Card platform to identify problems, find solutions, and improve the quality of education and the equitable distribution of learning outcomes. Following several improvements recommended by the Education Report Card, Al Mujahidin Junior High School drafted teaching modules and learning objectives, 80 percent of teachers carried out differentiated learning, and student achievement improved.

  • Newspaper

    Umalusi on allegations of cheating involving some candidates and teachers

    South Africa

    Press

    Government of South Africa (Pretoria) - All Africa

    The Quality Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) is concerned about the allegations of cheating involving candidates and teachers. According to the reports, the candidates in question paid teachers to have access to the answers posted on a WhatsApp group during toilet breaks while the examinations were in session. While an investigation is conducted by the Department of Basic Education, the CEO of Umalusi reassured the public that rigorous and robust quality assurance mechanisms will be used to safeguard the integrity and credibility of the National Senior Certificate.

  • Newspaper

    The APLC calls for an anti-corruption course to be included in the national curriculum

    Congo DR

    Press

    Jonathan Fuanan - Radio Okapi

    The Agence de prévention et de lutte contre la corruption (APLC) is urging the government to include an anti-corruption course in the national curriculum, from nursery school to university. According to the APLC's deputy coordinator, sanctions are not the only remedy for eradicating or eliminating corruption. APLC is working to raise awareness among the Congolese to change mentalities and integrate a new culture of integrity.

  • Open government empowers students, from Portugal to Peru

    News

    New computers, recreational equipment, a school garden, or recycling equipment? In Portugal, students are having their say. For six years now, the Ministry of Education has hosted an open budgeting initiative – Orçamento Participativo das Escolas, or OPEscolas – reaching some 200,000 young people in 90% of the country’s public schools.

  • Newspaper

    80% of PhD holders dissatisfied with the recruitment process

    Morocco

    Press

    Wagdy Sawahel - University World News

    Most PhD holders in Morocco do not trust universities' processes for recruiting assistant professors due to suspicions of political affiliation, nepotism, and bribery. 80% of PhD holders indicated that the existence of several unethical practices is the main reason behind their lack of trust, including political affiliation (86%), bribery (68.3%), relationship, affinity, and family relations (48.8%). Over 88% of those who obtained their PhDs in the past year said they had not had a chance to go through the oral recruitment interview, with only 3% saying they had two interviews.

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