Ban all watches from exams…

All watches should be banned from exam halls to discourage cheating, says an inquiry into the extent of malpractice in exams taken by pupils across the UK.

Smart watches, connected to the internet, are already banned from use by students taking public exams.

But the review, commissioned by exam boards, says it is becoming difficult to distinguish between hi-tech and traditional watches.

Review chairman Sir John Dunford called for a “blanket ban” on watches… More here.

This is not a new story, but it amuses me that this has come to light because of smartwatches. I used to struggle with trigonometry when I was younger and the handy hints I hid under my watch got me through my main Maths exam, that was in 1986. So, I guess there is logic in banning all watches even if some of us were cheating 33 years ago! Better late than never.

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  1. It was ever thus. My father did a great deal of business travel in the 70s and 80s to both the USA and Japan and so had access to gadgets unknown in the UK. I had an advanced Casio calculator that looked fairly standard but was capable of definite integration. Very handy for those exam questions involving laws of motion….

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