TECH giants like PayPal must immediately stop processing payments to companies that flog essays to cheating students, Damian Hinds has said.
The Education Secretary tore into the companies and said they have a “moral” duty to act against the “unethical” firms.
Tech giants like PayPal have been told to stop payments to companies that flog essays to cheating students[/caption]
And he warned he has not ruled out banning companies that sell the dodgy essays to students.
Announcing a new crackdown to “beat the cheats”, he warned students they face being booted off their course if they cheat.
He said: “Sadly there have always been some people who opt for the easy way and the internet has seen a black market in essay writing services spring up.
“It is simply unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business which is exploiting young people and it is time to stamp them out of our world-class higher education sector.
“I am determined to beat the cheats who threaten the integrity of our system and am calling on online giants, such as PayPal, to block payments or end the advertisement of these services – it is their moral duty to do so.”
A 2016 study by universities watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency found students cheated at least 17,000 in a year.
But the Department for Education believes the figures is far higher as many cheats go undetected.
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Mr Hinds also wants unis to adopt an American style honour code, to discourage students from cheating in the first place.
QAA chief exec Douglas Blackstock said: “Companies that try to entice students to buy so-called plagiarism free essays pose a real threat to the academic integrity of our higher education.
“These unscrupulous operators, increasingly and falsely marketing themselves as providing legitimate study aids, must be stopped in their tracks.”
Damian Hinds says it is ‘unethical’ for companies to profit from this business and that they have a ‘moral duty’ to block payments[/caption]
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