The Guardian reports that nearly 2,300 malpractice offences were committed by staff in educational institutions offering OCR exams between 2012 and 2016, according to data obtained through a freedom of information request by the Sunday Times.
More than half of the teachers committing malpractice offences were accused of providing “improper assistance” to students taking exams. In comparison, there were 3,603 cases of candidates being caught cheating over the same period.
The data shows students being punished more harshly than their teachers, with about 1,000 being disqualified from the paper or entire qualification. In 14 cases, the pupil caught cheating was disqualified from all qualifications.
In comparison, 581 teachers caught breaking the rules were given warnings, 113 were sent for training and only 83 were suspended from exam roles.
England’s exams watchdog, Ofqual, announced last summer that it was reviewing the system of allowing teachers to be involved in setting exam papers. It followed cheating scandals at two prominent public schools.
In November, research from the RSA found the number of teachers caught cheating had increased fourfold, with 388 penalties for the offence in 2016, compared with 97 in 2013.
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