Cheating by lecturers in further education colleges ‘is endemic’, whistle-blowers say

Cheating in further education (FE) colleges is “endemic”, whistle-blowers have told i, with lecturers put under management pressure to give students the right answers in tests and complete coursework for them.

i has spoken to two sources from a college in Greater London who described how they were instructed by managers to cheat to make sure students passed.

A carpentry lecturer described how on a course for a CSkills diploma qualification, he was forced to complete students’ portfolios, writing out a “whole year’s work, with spelling errors, with mistakes in the answers and so on to try and make it look more convincing”.

Cheating happened “across all courses” at the college, a second source, who worked as a learning assistant said. “I felt really awful,” but staff were given the message “if you don’t do it, you’re going to be out of a job”.

Both said they were concerned the scale of cheating could have dire consequences because unqualified people would be going to work in potentially dangerous trades.

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