The Daily Mail is reporting that a study has revealed that foreign students are caught cheating an average of five times more often as their domestic classmates in the United States.
Analysis by the Wall Street Journal found 5.1 reports of alleged cheating for every 100 international students, compared to just one domestic student. However in some schools, there were up to eight times as many foreign students punished for the dishonest behavior.
Academic staff members believe part of the problem lies with Chinese students. They blame their poor language skills and the pressure they are put on to obtain academic excellence.
Beth Mitchneck, a University of Arizona professor of geography and development, told the newspaper: ‘Cheating among Chinese students, especially those with poor language skills, is a huge problem.
Lanqing Wang, a Georgia Institute of Technology electrical-engineering student from Shanghai, who is distressed by the cheating he sees, said, ‘In China, it’s OK to cheat as long as you’re not caught.’
Paidi Shi, vice president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at the University of California, San Diego, added: ‘In China, our culture puts a lot of pressure on students. We are more likely to find a shortcut to get a good grade.’
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