NUI Galway president says cheating remains low despite threat by new technology

31st August 2017. Pictured for NUI Galway is Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh. Picture Jason Clarke

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of NUI Galway says while instances of exam cheating are increasing, overall the number of cases remains extremely small.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is reacting to new figures which reveal ‘smart watches’ are being linked with increases in cheating at colleges nationwide.

There’s been a significant rise in exam breaches at NUI Galway – from 56 last year to 83 so far this year.

However, Professor Ó hÓgartaigh says when contrasted with the 19 thousand students attending NUI Galway, the numbers speak for themselves.

It’s also being pointed out that exam breaches do not always mean cheating – in some cases, it relates to a student simply wearing a banned smart watch.

And Professor Ó hÓgartaigh believes cheating is not always as beneficial as it may seem – to hear more tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…