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  Pressure on teachers to cheat in exams
Updated 13 May 2002, 10.19
Cheating in exams is on the increase by both pupils and teachers
An increasing number of teachers are cheating to help their pupils pass exams, according to a television documentary due to be shown on Monday night.

BBC One's 4X4 Reports, investigates the pressure on both teachers and pupils.

Pressure on teachers to cheat

Some pupils use essay writing services that advertise on the internet

One secondary school teacher - who cannot be named - told the show her head teacher told her to write pupil's essays.

The teacher said the school's head asked her to cheat in order get extra funding for the school by achieving more pass rates.

Essay writing services

But the problem is not just in secondary schools, even at primary level there are claims that tests and League tables are putting pressure on teachers to cheat.

Last year saw a dramatic rise in the number of schools caught cheating during SATs, with 24 being caught, compared to 14 the previous year.

The programme also claims that students are using more advanced methods to cheat, such as essay writing services on the internet.

4x4 Reports: Marked for Life will be shown on BBC One, Monday 13 May at 7.30pm

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