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  • Newspaper

    Tighter measures needed to combat predatory publications

    Ethiopia

    Wondwosen Tamrat - University World News

    A significant number of faculty members are being accused of securing their academic promotions through predatory publications and other sub-standard means. To combat this unethical practice, the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) issued a new Harmonised Standard for Academic Staff Promotion in Public Universities in October 2020. The MoSHE says the safest way to avoid predatory publications is for academics to submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals indexed by databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed.

  • Newspaper

    Unfair teacher recruitments plague Bangladesh Higher Education

    Bangladesh

    Ershad Kamol - NewAge

    The rampant corruption and nepotism in appointing and promoting teachers at public universities of the country are alarming. Vice-chancellors or influential teachers use their political power to put pressure on selection committees and unions for the appointment of candidates of their choice as teachers, in violation of established standards, rules and regulations. To promote teachers based on merit at the 46 public universities, UGC submitted a draft policy to the education ministry spelling out the minimum qualifications for the appointment and promotion of public university teachers.

  • Newspaper

    With online exams, UNISA sees an increase in cheating and plagiarism

    South Africa

    Msindisi Fengu - City Press

    2,400 students from the colleges of agriculture, environmental and human sciences and engineering have had their marks withheld by UNISA due to concerns over cheating. Over 750 warning letter have been issued and other 200 cases were still outstanding. The consequences of cheating can results in disqualification from future tests or examinations, and exclusions or expulsions from the university.

  • Newspaper

    UK degree fraud: 85 fake university websites taken down in five years

    UK

    Rachell Hall - The Guardian

    As part of the government's crackdown on degree fraud, and to safeguard the international reputation of UK universities, 85 fake UK university websites have been shut down since 2015. Websites have also been found selling fake degree certificates from real universities: a BBC investigation in 2014 found a website selling the University of Kent for £500, which were described as for “novelty purposes, or as a replacement for lost diplomas”. Employers are encouraged to carefully vet the qualifications of any new employees as “The only way to stop these operators is to remove the demand”.

  • Webinar on the fight against corruption in education in Uzbekistan

    News

    On February 17, as part of the Avloniy Webinar Series, IIEP Programme Specialist, Ms Muriel Poisson was invited to facilitate a webinar on corruption mitigation in the Uzbek education system. It was attended by over 230 school principals, teachers, administrative staff and other education stakeholders from around the country.

  • Newspaper

    New measures for fighting scourge of academic fraud

    Algeria

    Wagdy Sawahel - University World News

    A 2018 study revealed that 70.7% of second-year students at 8 Mai 1945 Guelma University in Algeria admitted that they had cheated in tests as a result of competition for grades, parental expectations and ineffective invigilation by the teacher. In an effort to protect academic integrity, the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education approved a new law at the end of 2020 that sets out the legal procedures for preventing scientific and academic theft.

  • Newspaper

    Board mulls anti-cheating platform for universities

    Estonia

    - University World News

    The Estonian Board of Education and Youth (Harno) is planning to test an exam monitoring platform, called Proctorio, and is currently collecting data on the needs of universities that have expressed interest in implementing the platform to stop cheating in exams. This US developed application allows for out-of-classroom exam monitoring and can be connected to older anti-cheating platforms.

  • Newspaper

    Record number of plagiarism, cheating incidents

    Canada

    Carli Berry - Kelowna News

    According to a report at the Thompson Rivers University, the number of academic integrity cases has doubled. They include 514 incidents of plagiarism, 342 incidents of cheating, 5 incidents of fabrication and 347 incidents of academic misconduct for 1,208 cases recorded from September 2019 to August 2020. 80 students have been subject to suspension by November 2020.

  • Newspaper

    Prince Edward Island professor develops a method to deter students from cheating during remote tests

    Canada

    Zeenya Shah - National Post

    To help combat cheating and plagiarism during the pandemic and to encourage studying and preparedness a University of Prince Edward Island professor developed the testing method called TSINC. This method stands for time-pressed, sequential, individualized, not searchable, and calibrated. Each student receives a unique exam of 50 question orders, with 30 minutes to answer which they are not allowed to go back to.

  • Newspaper

    North Africa fertile for predatory publishing

    Wagdy Sawahel - University World News

    A recent study warns policy-makers in developing countries about the poor quality of research evaluation. The findings show the infiltration of journals suspected of predatory practices into the citation database Scopus. 324 journals that appear both in Beall’s lists and on Scopus and 164,000 articles published from 2015-17 were identified. As a result, the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board removed underperforming journals.

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