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  School coursework 'easy to fake'
Updated 02 January 2004, 10.26

Many teachers are worried that school coursework is too easy to cheat in and that it is unfair on kids from poorer families, a survey said on Friday.

Many members of the National Union of Teachers said it was getting harder to spot if work was original or if it had been copied off the internet.

They also thought that richer parents helped their kids with coursework more than those from poorer families.

And, bad news for boys - they also said girls were the best at coursework!

Too much work!

Most teachers said they thought that coursework should still be used to test kids.

They reckoned that coursework helped most of all in subjects like design and technology, and least of all in maths.

But the teachers don't just think that coursework isn't great for kids - 62% complained that it made too much work for them!

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