Danish schools consider allowing the internet for exams

It might seem self-defeating to some, but Denmark’s Education Ministry is seriously considering allowing the use of the internet during school exams, IceNews reports. Use of the internet among Danish students is so pervasive that the government believes they should be allowed to access it during their final exams in secondary school. The ministry is presently in the middle of a 2-year trial at 13 schools around the country, and the Berlingske Tidende newspaper reports that the first batch of evaluations has been overwhelmingly positive. Gorm Leschly, head of the secondary school teachers’ association, says, "It’s only a question of setting up the exam so it isn’t possible to cheat. We use the internet in our teaching, so this project is good for being able to integrate it into our future exams." Training students to sift through pages of information in a short period of time to find what they’re looking for is one of the ministry’s main goals in the project. "The students have to learn to sort according to the quality of information found on the internet," said Keld Larsen, headmaster at Arhus State High School, one of the 13 participants in the trial. A decision on whether to implement the program nationwide is expected in 2011…

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