More university students are cheating – but it’s not because they’re lazy

May 2, 2018 by

Devarshi Lodhia –

Tuition fees and the stress of securing a job mean that students are fixated on exam results, rather than intellectual development

A Guardian investigation published last week into academic misconduct revealed that the number of students caught cheating at Russell Group universities has risen by 40% from 2,640 to 3,721 between the academic years 2014-15 and 2016-17. This phenomenon though is not unique to Russell Group universities, with The Times reporting on more than 50,000 cases of cheating at British universities in a three-year period between 2013 and 2016.

Based on the current state of higher education in this country though, this should come as no surprise. For students, the pressure to succeed has never been greater due to the increased cost attached to learning as well as the seeming necessity for students to get jobs as soon as they graduate. Both of these factors have led to an environment where results and grades are more important than scholarship and intellectual development and ultimately undermine the entire purpose of universities, turning them into nothing more than exam factories with degrees seen as little more than a route into a profitable job.

The increase in tuition fees to £9,000 marked a watershed moment in higher education. The relationship between student and staff was fundamentally changed from an intellectual one to a business transaction. The government even justified the increase by claiming that students will end up earning more if they go to university, thereby reducing a degree to a means to an end rather than an end in and of itself.

Source: More university students are cheating – but it’s not because they’re lazy | Devarshi Lodhia | Opinion | The Guardian

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