The number of penalties that have been issued to school and college staff for exam malpractice has increased by nearly 150 per cent.
New figures by Ofqual reveal that overall there were 895 penalties issued to school and college staff, in comparison to 360 issued in 2016.
This shows a rise of 149 per cent.
As reported by Tes, the number of penalties issued to students has also increased by a quarter – from 2,180 in 2016 to 2,715 in 2017.
One of the main reasons for penalties was bringing unauthorised materials into the exam room such as mobile phones. Plagiarism was another reason for student malpractice.
The report also showed, however, that there were 23 per cent fewer penalties issued to schools and colleges, from 155 in 2016 to 120 in 2017.
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