University heads call for ban on essay-writing companiesBBC News.
But the letter says these essay-writing services should be targeted rather than those who pay for their services. Such services undermine the integrity of higher education and are unfair to honest, diligent students, they say. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said the government was working to "bear down" on the problem – and added that “legislative options are not off the table”.
A recent survey of students around the world by Swansea University found about 15% had cheated in the past four years, up from an average of 3.5% over the past 40 years. The vice-chancellors say making the services illegal would stop them operating out of the UK and allow them to be removed from online search engine findings. In the letter, they call on the government to commit to introducing legislation to ban the provision and advertising of essay mills before the end of this parliament.
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