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Exam Boards launch cheating crackdown.

Exam Boards launch cheating crackdown.

UK exam boards have set up dedicated teams to monitor social media as part of moves to clamp down on cheating.

A "huge amount" of time and effort is spent looking for signs and indications of malpractice in exams online, the heads of exam boards have said.

The comments came as the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) - which represents the boards - announced an independent inquiry into exam cheating.

The exam boards insisted that malpractice was "extremely rare".

Official figures released in January showed that last year, 2,715 penalties were issued to candidates (0.01%), along with 895 to school staff and 120 to schools and colleges.

    

Sanctions issued to candidates were overwhelmingly for possession of a mobile phone in an exam, the JCQ said.

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