Scottish exam chiefs add smart watches to list of banned items

The Scottish Daily Record is reporting that students in Scotland sitting their Highers have been banned from wearing smart watches to remove the opportunity for cheating…

Education chiefs warned that the hi-tech devices – which can connect to the internet – would be confiscated by supervisors…

They are the latest electronic item to be added to exam authority the SQA’s list of items banned from exams, joining mobile phones, MP3 players and iPods…

A spokesman for teachers’ union, the Educational Institute of Scotland, said: “Clearly it would be inappropriate for any pupil to gain an unfair advantage by having access to information via a smart-watch or any other web-enabled…

“This would seem to be a common sense step to ensure fairness…”

More at: Pupils told to ‘watch out’ as school exam chiefs ban hi-tech gadgets in cheating clampdown

 

We discussed this recently in relation to smart watches being banned from exams at a number of universities. In many cases they are banning watches completely because of the difficulty of checking what type of watch students are wearing.

Presumably this will be the norm across all exam boards soon as smart watches are already finding their way onto children’s wrists.

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