Danish pupils use web in exams

In Denmark, the government has taken the bold step of giving pupils full access to the internet during their final school-year exams, reports the BBC News. A total of 14 schools in Denmark are piloting the new system of exams, and all schools in the country have been invited to join the scheme by 2011. Students can access any site they like, but they cannot message each other or eMail anyone outside the classroom. The Danish government says if the internet is so much a part of daily life, it should be included in the classroom and in examinations. The obvious concern is cheating. Communication is banned, but how can officials stop a student from eMailing a question to a friend? The answer is they cannot. Officials say they rely on the integrity of pupils and the threat of expulsion if they are caught. The teachers also think the nature of the questions makes it harder to cheat in exams. Students are no longer required to regurgitate facts and figures. Instead, the emphasis is on their ability to sift through and analyze information…

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