The Telegraph is reporting that a college has told its pupils they will not be allowed to go to the toilet alone or closing the cubicle door during exams in a bid to stop them cheating with their smartphones…
Solihull Sixth Form College has ordered that teenagers sitting their mock exams later this month will be accompanied by invigilators.
Students will be forced to keep cubicle doors open to stop them using phones or tablets to get the answers to questions.
Principal Paul Ashdown said the “extreme” measures were brought in after a number of students were caught with mobile phones during exams last year.
In an email to families, Mr Ashdown said: “We have had students attempt to cheat using phones while on toilet breaks during an exam.
“This means that from now on, if a student does require a toilet break during an exam, they will be accompanied into the toilet area by an invigilator of the appropriate sex, and will not be allowed to close the door if they need to use an individual stall.
“Although this may seem a little extreme, it is the only way we can ensure a student does not use a mobile phone while in the toilet…”
But parents expressed outrage at the toilet ban, branding it “grotesque”.
David Rogers, 55, whose 16-year-old daughter attends the college, said: “I cannot believe a college is even allowed to ban students from closing the cubicle door…
The cubicle door thing does seem extreme but if students are known to be cheating this way what do you think schools should do? How are you tackling the issue? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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