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Pupils 'will inevitably be allowed to use Google in exams'

01/05/2015 Kelly
The head of an exam board has claimed pupils will eventually be allowed to use Google in exams, including GCSEs and A-levels.

OCR chief Mark Dawe told the BBC's Today programme allowing youngsters to use the internet in exam rooms would reflect the way they learned and how they would work in future.

"Surely when they learn in the classroom, everyone uses Google if there is a question," Mr Dawe said.

He suggested this would not be permitted in all types of exam and pupils would still need to have a basis of knowledge. Additionally, the time allowed to conduct web searches would be limited.

Although Mr Dawe admitted internet searches would not be introduced in the near future, he said it is inevitable they will be brought in at some point.

However, his comments were criticised by Chris McGovern of the Campaign for Real Education, who claimed the country is facing a crisis in education standards and children should be tested on their actual knowledge of a subject.ADNFCR-2164-ID-801786075-ADNFCR
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