Confirmed: This diss is really not going to write itself
The government has banned online services from writing essays on behalf of students in exchange for money.
Under the Post-16 Skills and Education Bill, so-called “test factories” will be banned in hopes of preserving “academic integrity” at the university.
Writing in The Times today, Skills Minister Alex Burghart said: “If some students are given qualifications based on work that is not theirs, it undermines the whole system. And that’s brutally unfair to the vast majority of students who work hard to get the grades. »
He adds: “This immoral practice has corroded the prestige and academic integrity of education for too long. The time has come to beat the cheaters and beat the bullies.
It is estimated that there are currently 1,000 test mills in operation, with a 2018 survey finding that 15.7% of recent UK graduates admitted to cheating.
Essay factories claim to offer plagiarism-free essays with websites saying things like, “If you need help, we’ll write the whole article or any chapter you need!”
The National Union of Students, which helped campaign for the ban, announced its success, pointing to the potentially predatory nature of test mill websites.
UNS Vice President for Higher Education Hillary Gyebi-Ababio said, “For too long, students – especially international students – have fallen prey to these corporations. They were often blackmailed and intimidated when they were most vulnerable. Having called on the government to act on several occasions in the past, I am proud to UNS‘ in stopping this cruel practice.
“But the students should never have been in the position where they feel they have to turn to test-mills in the first place. The government must work with universities to ensure that adequate academic and pastoral support is provided to all students.
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