The number of GCSE and A-level pupils caught cheating in their exams fell sharply this year, according to new figures released by exams watchdog Ofqual.
Pupils were caught cheating in just 0.02 per cent of all examinations, with 3,678 penalties issued by examiners for malpractice.
This represents a fall of 11 per cent on last year, when some 4,131 infractions were reported.
However, Ofqual’s report also shows that thousands more pupils were given "special dispensation", thereby gaining extra marks in their exams.
Pupils can be awarded five per cent more marks in their paper for various reasons, such as a death in the family, illness or stress leading up to an exam
The number of pupils who gained the extra marks rose by 12.5 per cent this year to 345,170 and Ofqual revealed that one reason for the rise was because of errors on exam papers.
Glenys Stacey, chief executive of the watchdog said: "We do wish now to explore further with the awarding organisations the details behind this year's figures, particularly the relationship with the exam paper errors," the Guardian quoted.
Posted by Alan Douglas